2014 Totem Pole Journey Archive

Under Reconstruction


Stay tuned at this page for regular updates from each stop along the 5,500-mile totem pole journey, as the journeyers have an opportunity to share them.

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Along the 6,000 mile totem pole journey, people from many different tribal nations helped to create “Our Painted Responsibilities,” a collaborative participatory mural intended to bring together the voices of Native America through art. Watch this video to learn more about the project and hear from the people who helped create it.

December 4, 2014 – 7:00 pm
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham (map)

Join us as Lummi elder and Master Carver Jewell James and other members of the Totem Pole Journey share with us their successes and stories from the journey. Learn about how the journey brought the message of our shared responsibility toward the Earth and each other to communities in the Dakota territory, Montana, Washington, British Columbia and Alberta.

Witness, through the photography of James Leder, the videos of Fred Lane and the oral narrative of Jewell James and others, the coming together of both native and settler communities for a common purpose — to educate and motivate all of us to reject the fossil fuel industry’s continued destruction of the land, air, water, and communities. The journeyers will offer stories and lessons from the extraction communities to the proposed ports, and provide paths forward for making a difference both locally and globally.

Learn how the lessons from the journey and the communities it visited can be cherished and applied to move beyond a past and present of colonial oppression and bring about a safer, healthier, and ultimately more just future.

The Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship will also collect a freewill offering to help Totem Pole Journey videographer Fred Lane complete a documentary film of the journey.

Background information

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

5 September 2014: Edmonton Journal, “Sacred gift makes stop in Edmonton

4 September 2014: 660 News, “Totem Pole Journey visits Calgary

2 September 2014: Indian Country Today, “Lummi Totem Pole Journey Rallies Voices Against Environmental Destruction

29 August 2014: Aboriginal Neighbours, “10,000 kilometre Totem Pole Journey Unites Opposition to Fossil Fuel Threats in the Salish Sea

29 August 2014: Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, “Lummi totem pole journey to oppose coal trains makes Capitol Hill stop

28 August 2014: Canada’s First Nations Radio, “Lummi Nation Totem Pole Traveling Through BC to Alberta Tarsands

28 August 2014: Paul Nelson, “Fighting Coal Trains with Totem Poles

28 August 2014: Yakima Herald, “Coal transport protest

27 August 2014: Spokane Faith & Values, “Totem Pole brings ‘No Coal Exports’ message to Spokane

27 August 2014: KNDO News, “Third Largest Tribe In Washington Embarks On Totem Pole Journey

27 August 2014: The Spokesman-Review, “Western Washington tribe brings protest against planned coal export terminal to Spokane

25 August 2014: The Journal of the San Juan Islands, “A Totem Pole story

25 August 2014: Indian County Today, “Lummi’s Fight to Save the Salish Sea From Coal Terminals Profiled in Grist

24 August 2014: Billings Gazette, “Totem created by Lummi tribe passes through Billings

22 August 2014: KDLT News, “Several Groups Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline

22 August 2014: EcoWatch, “Hundreds Gather to Oppose North America’s Largest Coal Terminal

21 August 2014: 24 Hrs Vancouver, “Totem pole protests pipeline

15 August 2014: Grist, “How one Pacific Northwest tribe is carving out a resistance to coal — and winning