As we left the Standing Rock protector camps against the DAPL pipeline projects, we stopped by the location of the direct action of the day prior that saw two protectors (not protestors) lock down to construction equipment while 50 others stood in solidarity, effectively halting construction at the site for the day. One thing to remember is that, though the Standing Rock resistance has halted pipeline construction at the Cannonball River camp locations, construction for this multi-billion dollar pipeline is ongoing all around the camp, for miles and miles and miles. Here are some quick words from master carver Jewell James, as we stood where the pipeline crossed Highway 6. Forgive the noise, it continues to be a very windy day:
To learn more about the Standing Rock protector camps, click the image below:
Photographer Nancy Bleck, who lives in Vancouver, is traveling along the Totem Journey this year, alongside Rueben George, Cedar Parker and Phil Lane. She has been shooting great photos for the journey and if you click the image below you can visit her site and see a gallery of images from a few days ago:
Master Carver Jewell Praying Wolf James speaks to a crowd of 120 people along the shores of Lake Pend Orielle during the Sandpoint blessing ceremony of the 2016 Totem Pole Journey.
Sandpoint City Council President Shannon Williamson, who also is the Executive Director of Lake Pend Orielle Waterkeeper, shares some reflections at the Lummi Totem Pole Journey blessing ceremony in Sandpoint on August 28th, 2016.
Photographer Lynne Buchanan, who has roots in Florida and has focused on water issues with her work, shares some reflections at the Lummi Totem Pole Journey blessing ceremony in Sandpoint on August 28th, 2016.
Bellingham resident and community organizer Herb Goodwin shares some thoughts along the shores of Lake Pend Orielle during the Sandpoint blessing ceremony of the 2016 Totem Pole Journey. Herb was in town for two events, the other being a kayaktivist protest of the fossil fuel rail shipments coming through Sandpoint.
Vancouver resident and Hereditary Chief Phil Lane of the Yankton Sioux discusses the ongoing struggle against fossil fuel transport and export plans in British Columbia on the drive with Jewell “Praying Wolf” James to the Vancouver blessing ceremony of the 2016 Lummi Totem Pole Journey.