Lummi Nation totem pole carvers bring latest pole to Longview in opposition to coal export

“We stand with you, our neighbors, in saying “No” to this terminal,” said Jewell James, a Lummi tribal member and head carver of the totem pole. “We stand with the Quinault Nation.  And we stand up for our ancestors and the unborn, and for our obligation as stewards of this sacred Creation. ” 

Shamania James of the House of Tears Carvers and the Lummi Nation finishes painting the Totem.

Shamania James of the House of Tears Carvers and the Lummi Nation finishes painting the Totem.

The Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers will showcase their latest totem pole carved in solidarity with communities throughout the region fighting against fossil fuel export terminals. Earlier this spring, the Lummi Nation succeeded in blocking the construction of the Gateway Pacific coal export terminal proposed at Cherry Point, Washington. The totem pole journey is intended to build relationships and solidarity between tribes and communities pushing back against the recent flood of fossil fuel export proposals throughout the region.

The totem pole visits Longview just one month before the Army Corps of Engineers is slated to release their Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export proposal.

WHO: Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers,  Cowlitz County faith leaders & you!

WHAT: A presentation of the totem pole and spiritual blessing of the totem pole and the journey.

WHEN: Friday, August 26, 2016,at 10:30am-Noon, lunch to follow

WHERE: Longview United Methodist Church 2851 30th Ave, Longview, WA 98632

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About the 2016 Totem Pole Journey:  Q’ay

The word Q’ay means “The Belief” in the Lummi language.  It is a fitting title for the 2016 totem pole journey.  The journey, the fourth in four years, will unite tribes and communities all along the 4,865-mile, 18-day journey with the totem pole.  It is the belief that helped defeat the various coal port proposals over the past three years.  And it is belief that is needed now as we face down the Longview coal port terminal and push back against an onslaught of deadly and toxic tar sands and Bakken oil that would be transported by rail and shipped out of ports in Washington and British Columbia. The 2016 journey by Mr. James and his fellow totem pole team members will not only help to inspire the belief that is needed to win, again, but also be a call for diligence, vigilance, and unity as tribes and communities across the PNW and western Canada stand up for their families, the land and water, and future generations.

About the Totem Pole

The 22-foot western red cedar totem pole will be carved and donated by Master Carver Jewell James of the Lummi Tribe and the House of Tears Carvers. The final destination will be Winnipeg, MB, at the request of the Grand Chief in Winnipeg, to bear witness to the need for all peoples to work together in the name of our common humanity and our covenant with Mother Earth.  The totem pole will have a bald eagle with wings spread on top with a Medicine Wheel on its chest. Below it will be a buffalo skull and, below that, a wolf on one side of the pole and a coyote on the other. Below them will be an Indian Chief with a War Bonnet facing a Medicine Man and sharing a Peace Pipe with smoke rising from the pipe.




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