2013 Totem Pole Journey Archive

Events are confirmed for the following locations and dates. All ceremonies, events and blessings are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Details regarding exact location will be forthcoming.

  • Wednesday, 18 September, 10am: Northern Cheyenne blessing at Otter Creek
  • Thursday, 19 September, 3pm: ceremony in Missoula
  • Friday, 20 September, 11am-12pm: Spokane blessing and event
  • Saturday, 21 September: Celilo Village (tribal only)
  • Monday, 23 September, 11:30am-1:00 pm: Portland ceremony, Cathedral Park on the Willamette River
  • Tuesday, 24 September, 12pm noon: Olympia ceremony, Olympia Water Fountain
  • Wednesday, 25 September, 11am-1pm: Tacoma ceremony, St. Leo’s Church
  • Friday, 27 September, 12noon: Northwest Indian College event
  • Friday, 27 September, 5pm: Xwe’chi’eXen/Cherry Point blessing, 4600 Gulf Road
  • Sunday, 29 September: Tsleil-Waututh blessing in British Columbia


In the News:  Articles and news media coverage of the Journey

Press from the 2013 Kwel’ Hoy Totem Pole Journey:

28 September 2013: The Bellingham Herald, “Totem Pole Provides Anti-Coal Focus at Cherry Point

26 September 2013: The Bellingham Herald, “Healing Pole Serves as Rallying Point for Anti-Coal Movement

26 September 2013: NPR / OPB / KUOW, “Lummi Tribal Carver takes Giant Totem Pole on Healing Journey

25 September 2013: The Olympian, “Tribes Travel to Protect Sacred Land

25 September 2013: video of Olympia ceremony

25 September 2013: Journal of the San Juans, “Lummi Wield Art in Battle against Coal

24 September 2013: The Pacific Northwest Inlander, “Protest Song: Northwest Tribes Unite to Decry Coal Development Projects

23 September 2013: USA Today, “Montana, Washington Tribes Join Ranchers to Fight Coal Mine

23 September 2013: Yakima Herald, “Yakamas Join Oppoistion to Coal-transport Proposals

21 August 2013: The Islands’ Sounder, “Lummi Nation Stands Out against Coal Terminal