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This May, Se'Si'Le invites you to stand with Lummi tribal members, the House of Tears Carvers and Tribal communities across the Pacific Northwest in support of a totem pole journey and the Indigenous-led movement to remove the Snake River dams. This important Journey comes at a critical time for the Snake River, endangered salmon and orcas, and the region's Tribal communities.

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Snake River to Salish Sea Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey

May 3 - 20, 2022


Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship: May 3 - 6:00-7:00 pm - Bellingham, WA:
Learn more and share with your networks here.
Support contacts: Deb Cruz and Abbie Abramovitch.
University of Oregon: May 5 - 8 - Eugene, OR -
May 5: Science in Ceremony Roundtable - 2:00-4:00 pm / EMU Gumwood Room. Learn more here.
May 6: Art, Ceremony and Activism - 12:00 - 1:30 pm / EMU Ballroom &
May 7: Pow-wow (virtual); 7:30 - 9:30 pm / Whale Protectors Exhibit.
Learn more and share with your networks here.
Support contact:
Chinook Nation: May 9 - 2:30 pm - Astoria, OR -
Clatsop Community College: Towler Hall parking lot / Patriot Hall gym
Support contact: Alex Craven.
Portland, OR: May 10 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm -
The Redd
Learn more and share with your networks here.
Support contact: Kate Murphy.
Celilo Falls - May 11:
8:00 am ceremony at Celilo Park
10:30 am - Salmon Peoples' Testimonials in the Longhouse (Invitation-only event)
7:00 pm - Ceremony for the Totem Pole departure
Event contact: Kurt Russo.
Umatilla Tribe: May 14 - Pendleton, OR -
Totem Pole events
Saturday, May 14th @ Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
-- 2:00 pm, "Meet the Carvers" event at the museum
-- 7:00pm - 8:30 pm, Totem Pole Journey program
-- 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Whale Protectors Exhibit IMAX-style screening
Learn more / share with your networks here.
Support contact: Beka Economopoulos
Nez Perce Tribe: May 16 - Lewiston, ID -
Hell's Gate State Park - 8:30 am - 2:30 pm.
Learn more, share with your networks and RSVP here.
Support contact: Carrie Herrman.
Shoshone-Bannock Tribe: May 18 - 12:00 - 1:30 pm - Fort Hall, ID -
Details TBA.
Support contact: Lisa Young.
University of Washington Longhouse: May 19 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Seattle, WA -
Details TBA.
Support contact: Mariska Kecskes.
Tacoma, WA: May 20 - St. Leo's Parish - Evening event, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Learn more, share with your networks and RSVP here.
Support contact: Jessica Zimmerle.

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Learn more by visiting - and sharing with your networks - the 'Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey' landing page and Facebook page.


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 Snake River to Salish Sea Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey.

BACKGROUND: The May 2022 totem pole journey is the latest of a dozen totem pole journeys conducted by the project leads over the past 20 years. In 2021, the Red Road Totem Pole Journey to DC, was dedicated to the protection of sacred sites and reached an estimated 1.2 million people over a period of the twenty-day journey to the Capitol ( The 2022 journey builds upon, strengthens and reaffirms the growing indigenous-led environmental movement across the Pacific Northwest that began with a successful campaign to oppose proposed fossil fuels projects. The fossil fuels campaign included 4 totem pole journeys conducted by the project leads.

GOAL: 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 in support of the indigenous-led movement to remove the Snake River dams and restore to health the Snake River salmon runs and our relatives, the Southern Resident Killer Whales (Skali’Chelh in the Lummi language) that depend on them.

APPROACH AND SCOPE: To achieve its goal, the totem pole journey will engage the intellect, emotion, and imagination through an inspiring mix of generational voices, collective vision, science, ceremony, and venues. The journey includes public events in metropolitan areas (Eugene, Astoria, Portland, Seattle and Tacoma), and tribal communities (Lummi, Chinook, Nez Perce, Umatilla, Shoshone-Bannock, and the Village of Celilo). At each stop, art and culture will spark understanding of our natural heritage. In two locations (Eugene and Umatilla) the award-winning Whale Protectors Exhibit will all be featured. In-person events will include ceremonial moments steeped in ancestral knowledge to present the challenges the region faces—and avenues for cross-cultural collaboration and engagement on solutions.


Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment

Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition
Sierra Club
Columbia Riverkeeper
Earth Ministry

Salmon Nation


Saint Leo Parish

The Natural History Museum

University of Oregon (Department of Philosophy)

University of Washington (wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ– Intellectual House)

Freebuilt Films
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