Totem Tour: Victory against coal port fuels fifth annual totem pole journey

Viewers touch the totem on its stop at University Congregational UCC. Image: Matthew S. Browning/Real Change News

Viewers touch the totem on its stop at University Congregational UCC.
Image: Matthew S. Browning/Real Change News

University Congregational United Church of Christ, an Earth Ministry Greening Congregation, hosted the Seattle leg of the 2017 Totem Pole Journey on October 14. Jessie Dye, Earth Ministry’s senior campaign strategist, spoke at the event, as well as Duwamish tribal leader Ken Workman; Sierra Club organizers Rebecca Ponzio and Victoria Leistman; and master carver Jewell James. Read more about the events of the totem pole blessing and ceremony in this article from Real Change. 

Totem Tour: Victory against coal port fuels fifth annual totem pole journey

October 18, 2017

Real Change News 

By Aliah Elaoud

Using artwork and music, the Lummi Nation’s totem pole journey celebrated past successes and highlighted ongoing conflicts with fossil fuel projects as it stopped in Seattle on Saturday.

The journey, dubbed “Kwel’hoy,” or “We Draw the Line,” is the fifth such tour the Lummi have undertaken in a quest to support other tribes and confront projects by oil and coal companies that they say threaten tribal lands, waterways and the environment.

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