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September 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM

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Kwel Hoy' totem comes to Seattle


Lummi tribal members Rena Priest, left, Vincent Feliciano Jr. and Dillon Jules came to Waterfront Park in Seattle Thursday along with other in opposition of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point, north of Bellingham. They were welcomed by Mayor Mike McGinn, who also opposed more coal trains through the city. The Kwel Hoy' totem pole symbolizes what the tribe says will be lost if proposed terminals in Washington and Oregon are developed. Jewell James and the House of Tears carvers produced the pole which has been driven from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, following the path of coal trains. It's headed to Cherry Point and then will be placed in British Columbia in the homeland of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.


This drum depiction is below a harvest moon and a wolf with a salmon and above two warriors and child and then four more salmon. It was carved by Lummi tribal member Jewell James, assisted by Vincent Feliciano Jr. and the House of Tears carvers. The pole is western red cedar and 22-feet tall.

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