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Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey


May 20
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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St. Leo Catholic Parish
710 S. 13th Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
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Join us for a special evening on May 20 at 6 p.m. in support of the Indigenous-led movement to remove the Snake River dams and restore to health the Snake River salmon runs and the Southern Resident Killer Whales (Skali’Chelh in the Lummi language) that depend on them. The 2022 totem pole journey aims to inspire, inform, and engage Pacific Northwest communities through intergenerational voices, ceremony, art and science, spirituality, ancestral knowledge, and cross-cultural collaboration.

Come hear from great speakers:

Jay Julius/Sequoyah Julius of Se’Si’Le

Annette Bryan, Puyallup Tribe

Willie Frank Frank III, Chairman, Nisqually Tribe The Black Stonefly (Gian Lawrence) Fiorella De La O and Jewell James Fr. Patrick Twohy, S.J.

WHAT: Snake River to Salish Sea Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey – Tacoma

WHEN: May 20, 6-8pm

WHERE: St. Leo’s Parish: 710 S 13th St, Tacoma, WA 98405


Register for the live stream at the link below if you’re unable to make it in person or live outside of town.


Through creative communication, the journey promotes the urgent need for unity and solidarity to remove the Lower Snake River dams to save our iconic Pacific Northwest salmon and Southern Resident orcas. Focused on honoring the ancient covenant with nature, the spirit of the Snake River, and the Indigenous–led Snake River campaign through ancestral knowledge and ceremonial activities, the 2022 journey builds upon, strengthens and reaffirms the growing Indigenous-led environmental movement across the Pacific Northwest. We hope you can join us!


  • Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers
  • Children of the Setting Sun Productions
  • Earth Ministry/WAIPL
  • Saint Leo Parish
  • Columbia Riverkeeper
  • Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment
  • Sierra Club
  • Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Salmon Nation
  • Ecotrust
  • The Natural History Museum
  • University of Oregon (Department of Philosophy and the Center for Environmental Futures) University of Washington (wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ– Intellectual House) Freebuilt Films

Se’Si’Le (saw-see-lah) is an intertribal 501c3 nonprofit founded by Lummi tribal member Jay Julius. The goal of Se’Si’Le is to reintroduce Indigenous spiritual law into the mainstream conversation about climate change and the environment. Se’Si’Le is the fiscal sponsor and lead entity of the upcoming Snake River to Salish Sea Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey.

Earth Ministry/WAIPL is not the host of this event, we are the point of contact providing support for this stop on the journey and looking to the leadership of Se’Si’Le.


The 2,300-mile journey highlights the vital role of the Snake River, salmon and orca to the lifeways and identities of Tribal communities in the region. The updated pole, created by House of Tears Carvers, will travel for 17 days through Tribal and metropolitan communities in Washington, Oregon and Idaho to advocate for the removal of dams on the Lower Snake River and for the health of salmon and orca.

Read the full story at: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/state/washington/article260813802.html#storylink=cpy

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