The Lummi tribe has declared their strong opposition to the Coal Project and on September 15th embarks on a 1200-mile long road trip Lummi style, a Totem Pole Journey through the sacred landscapes of the West, to unite the west in saying NO to coal export. Kwel Hoy’ means “We Draw the Line.”
The House of Tears carvers of the Lummi community has created a tradition of carving and delivering totem poles to areas struck by disaster or otherwise in need of hope and healing. Now it is not only the Lummi’s sacred site at Cherry Point that needs hope and protection, but also tribal lands and communities across the nation, from the Powder River Basin to the coast. If built, the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point would be the largest coal export facility in North America. Coal from the mines in the Powder River Basin would be sent by rail through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, along the Columbia River Gorge, and up the coast of the Puget Sound. Bulk cargo carriers would ship the coal through the Salish Sea to China.
The journey will start in the Power River Basin and follow the proposed coal train route to Cherry Point, and end in British Columbia, where the totem pole will be placed in the homeland of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, demonstrating unity with the Canadian First Nations’ position opposing the transport of Tar Sands by pipelines across their territories.
The purpose of the journey is to connect tribal nations along the coal corridor, and bring together people of many faiths and traditions in the communities affected by the project to stand against the Coal Project.
For more information and to follow the journey, see the Totem Pole Journey website. There is also a petition that you can sign, and information to support the journey if you’d like to stand with them and say enough is enough, “we draw the line.”