The Nationwide Totem Pole Journey to Cease in Port Townsend
PORT TOWNSEND – A diving eagle, a wolf, a therapeutic grandmother, the blue waters of a river, a toddler rising from a cage: these are the symbols on the newly carved totem pole that may seem right here between 10:30 am and a pair of:00 pm on Saturday .
The 24-foot, 8-inch cedar pole, carved on the Lummi Nation’s Home of Tears, will cease at Pope Marine Park, 603 Water St., for blessings on its means via america.
The general public is inspired to go to on an open day with sculptor Jewell Praying Wolf James through the first hour.
Then, from midday to 1:30 p.m., religious and metropolis leaders together with Kate Lore of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Pastor Paul Heins of First Presbyterian Church and Mayor Michelle Sandoval will communicate.
Members of native tribes together with Jamestown S’Klallam, Port Gamble S’Klallam and Decrease Elwha Klallam have been invited to affix within the welcoming ceremony.
“Our Shared Duty: A Journey to the Totem Pole” is the title of the tour that features the Pole and his household of carvers, and Port Townsend is the Pacific Northwest’s first cease on the route.
It was not a part of the unique plan, mentioned street supervisor Freddie Lane. However James advocated a northwest step on which he might introduce the pole and its symbols.
Subsequent, Lane heard from Debra Ellers, an area activist hoping to deliver the put up to Port Townsend.
“I mentioned, ‘I’ve bought the twenty fourth open,’ and he or she mentioned, ‘Oh, my gosh,'” Lane remembers, including that the following put up cease after Port Townsend is Coupeville. Her schedule, whereas taking form, consists of visits to the Lutheran College of the Pacific in Tacoma later this month and to the Decrease Elwha Klallam Tribe in Could.
“The very first thing I did was name and make a reservation on the ferry” for the truck carrying the pole, mentioned Ellers, who’s a part of the Native Connections Motion Group of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, a sponsor. of the go to of the totem pole.
Different sponsors embody the North Olympic Orca Pod, QUUF’s Inexperienced Sanctuary Motion Group, and the North Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Nice Outdated Broads for Wilderness.
The Totem Pole’s Journey highlights the sacred lands and waters of this continent: the Snake River via Idaho, the place tribes have lengthy sought to take away the 4 dams blocking the passage of salmon; Bear’s Ears Nationwide Monument in Utah; Chaco Canyon in New Mexico; the Missouri River at Fort Randall Dam and Standing Rock in North Dakota.
After visiting these and different websites, the “Shared Duty” trek is predicted to achieve Washington, DC, in late July. The spherical journey covers some 7,400 miles and can finish in Washington State through the first week of August.
On Thursday afternoon, James summed up his hopes for the journey.
“The concept is to get up in all folks that the world round us deserves to be protected,” he mentioned.
“The way forward for our youngsters is at risk. We have to ask ourselves whether or not we’re genetically egocentric or not, or are we human beings who actually care concerning the world round us and all dwelling issues?
“All of us got here from Earth,” James mentioned.
“We simply misplaced our means. It’s important that all of us consider that we will be optimistic position fashions, ”demonstrating our possession of locations such because the Grand Canyon, the Black Hills and the Columbia River.
The pure world is stuffed with wonders, added James, 68. Now could be the time to take motion, he says, wherever you might be.
“Prayers are good, but when we do not act, we’re fooling ourselves,” he mentioned.
James believes that each sermon, no matter place of worship, ought to start with one reality: “All issues are sacred.”
“So go on, preach what you need to preach… however no less than give your youngsters a way of appreciation that they’re dwelling in a world created by one thing larger than us.”
The “Shared Duty” totem pole, though original within the Lummi Nation’s Home of Tears Carving Shed, will not be sponsored by the Lummi Tribe however somewhat by non-public donors. Details about the journey and its supporters will be discovered at redroadtoDC.org.
Jefferson County Senior Reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz will be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected] information.com.