Totem Pole Blessing Ceremony
Sculpture Courtyard (outside)
Acclaimed master carver Jewell Praying Wolf James (Lummi Nation) and Doug James (Lummi Nation) of the House of Tears Carvers will take part in a totem pole blessing ceremony led by Faith Spotted Eagle (Yankton Sioux), marking the opening of the conference and the new exhibition Kwel’ Hoy: We Draw the Line!, which testifies to the courage and resilience of contemporary indigenous tribes who are leading efforts to protect water, land, and our collective future. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Lummi Nation and The Natural History Museum, a traveling pop-up museum initiated by artists, activists and scholars. The Lummi, the “People of the Sea,” are the original inhabitants of the Puget Sound area of Washington’s northernmost coast and southern British Columbia, Canada.
The exhibition will open on the Lee B. Foster Overlook in the afternoon.