Lummi Tribal Carver Takes Giant Totem Pole On “Healing” Journey

Oregon Public Broadcasting — Earthfix — Ashley Ahearn, Sept 26, 2013

Jewell Praying Wolf James is a tribal leader and master carver of the Lummi Nation. …The Lummi tribal reservation abuts the proposed site of the largest coal export terminal on the West coast. He’s carved a 22-foot totem pole that represents tribal opposition to coal and oil exports in the Northwest. James is driving the totem pole from the mines in the Powder River Basin of Montana all along the coal train routes to Seattle, where he stopped into the KUOW studios to talk with EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn. From Seattle he’ll continue to British Columbia for a final ceremony and presentation of the totem pole to a first nation who is opposing the Kinder-Morgan oil sands pipeline north of Vancouver.

James is driving the totem pole from the mines in the Powder River Basin of Montana all along the coal train routes to Seattle, where he stopped into the KUOW studios to talk with EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn. From Seattle he’ll continue to British Columbia for a final ceremony and presentation of the totem pole to a first nation who is opposing the Kinder-Morgan oil sands pipeline north of Vancouver.

Read more and listen to Mr James’ brief interview with Ashley Ahearn.

 

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