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House of Tears Carvers

House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation have created more than 15 totem pole journeys over 20 years, covering more than 60,000 miles as they traveled to communities across North America facing threats to natural and cultural heritage, tribal sovereignty, public health, and the climate.  


Se’Si’Le (saw-see-lah) is the Lummi language term for our grandmother. Respect for elders is central to Native life: to acknowledge Grandmother Earth is to invoke ancestral and cultural power. Founded by Lummi tribal member Jay Julius, Se’Si’Le reintroduces Indigenous spiritual law into the mainstream conversation about climate change and the environment.

Native Organizers Alliance

Native Organizers Alliance (NOA) is dedicated to building the organizing capacity of tribes, organizers and community groups for transformational policy change. It also provides a forum for Native leaders, organizers and organizations to work in collaboration with each other and promote their work with non-Native national allies.

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum (NHM) works with community leaders, artists, scientists, and scholars to produce exhibitions, alliance-building events, digital media, and creative organizing initiatives to support the leadership of communities on the front lines of the climate and biocultural diversity crises. NHM is a project of Not An Alternative, a non-profit organization specializing in cultural and mediagenic organizing strategies.


IllumiNative is building an innovative organizational network that fosters meaningful participation from a diverse and committed collective of Native storytellers, artists, youth, organizers, tribal and grassroots leaders as well as non-Native partners in entertainment, media and social justice.


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  • Totem pole’s inspiring journey to D.C. includes Bay Area stops

    The Mercury News | June 4, 2021
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  • Lummi totem pole traveling through California starting June 3rd

    Indian Country Today | June 3, 2021
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  • House of Tears Carvers displaying new totem pole this weekend at Chehalis reservation

    Jolt News | May 28, 2021
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  • House of Tears carvers stop at Swinomish Reservation

    La Conner Weekly News | May 26, 2021
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  • Totem pole touring state, West Coast, bound for Washington, D.C.

    KIRO 7 News | May 21, 2021
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  • From sacred lands to D.C., this Lummi totem pole carries a message with it

    KUOW 94.9 FM | May 19, 2021
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  • Totem pole and its messages brought to Swinomish reservation

    Go Skagit | May 17, 2021
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  • Lummi Totem Pole To Embark on Journey to D.C. and the Smithsonian

    Whatcom Talk | May 17, 2021
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  • Lummi Totem pole visits Madrona Point

    The Islands' Sounder | May 16, 2021
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  • Totem pole travels through Portland to bring attention to pollution

    KATU 2 ABC News | May 14, 2021
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  • On cross-country totem pole journey, carvers pay respect to children buried at Chemawa Cemetery

    Salem Reporter | May 14, 2021
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  • Lummis call for accountability on Red Road to D.C.

    The Lynden Tribune | May 12, 2021
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  • 25-foot totem pole stops in Anacortes on national journey

    Go Anacortes | May 12, 2021
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  • Lummi tribal carvers make Olympia stop on totem journey to D.C.

    The Olympian | May 11, 2021
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  • Lummi Nation totem pole stops in Birch Bay before cross-country journey to D.C.

    The Northern Light | May 11, 2021
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  • Cascadia Weekly: Lummi totem pole journey begins

    Cascadia Weekly | May 11, 2021
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  • Totem blessing at Village Point

    Lummi-island.com | May 4, 2021
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  • Lummi Nation carvers showcase new totem pole in Port Townsend

    Port Townsend Leader | April 29, 2021
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  • Lummi Nation totem pole making journey to Biden

    Indian Country Today | April 21, 2021
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  • A Totem Pole Carved by Lummi Nation Citizens As a Gift for Biden Prepares for Epic Journey to Washington

    Native News Online | April 21, 2021
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  • Lummi Nation carvers and allies to embark on national tour to D.C., give totem pole to President Biden

    The Seattle Times | April 12, 2021
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