Updates from the Road

Chemewa Indian School May 15, 2021

Interconnections: Residential Schools and the Totem Pole Journey

Master Carver Jewell James often speaks about the legacies of colonial violence in Indigenous communities. It does not take much to connect the dots between what happened in the residential school systems across North America, including the theft of thousands upon thousands of Indigenous children from their families and communities, to assertions of First Nation … Read Update

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Lummi Nation May 14, 2021

Western US Tour (May 25 – July 9, 2021)

The House of Tears Carvers continue on the #RedRoadtoDC drawing attention to sacred sites and Indigenous rights with some blessing ceremonies in the western US ahead of the national tour to DC in July. For the most up to date list of events, locations, and times, please visit the Totem Pole Journey Facebook page. Tuesday, … Read Update

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Pacific Northwest April 29, 2021

Pacific NW #RedRoadtoDC Journey (April 23 – May 24, 2021)

The House of Tears Carvers will host a regional tour this Spring to pay respects and offer an opportunity for Northwest tribal and non-tribal communities to visit and pray with the pole. All locations can be found on our Google map and event details and live-streams are posted on the Totem Pole Journey Facebook page. … Read Update

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Lummi Nation April 23, 2021

The #RedRoadtoDC National Journey (July 14th – 30th)

After much discussion, the #RedRoadtoDC planning committee has decided to push back the original cross-country journey dates due to the pandemic. COVID has been surging in Utah and New Mexico, and Navajo Nation went back on lockdown in April. The federal government also pushed back the date of opening things up for in-person meetings. With … Read Update

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Lummi Nation April 12, 2021

Creating the totem pole

In February of this year, the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation sourced a log from a 400 year-old Western Red Cedar tree. Over the past two months members of the House of Tears, aged 4 years old to 70, participated in the creation of the #RedRoadtoDC totem pole. In an artist’s statement, … Read Update

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