We were so blessed last night to be present to bless this totem pole on its journey. The Lummi tribe members along with our local Yakima tribe were both present to sing prayer songs and speak to us. After a traditional native blessing was bestowed upon the totem with her creator and carver standing watch over the ceremony, we went inside to learn from conservationists and native people about the issues threatening the cleanliness and purity of our air and our waters. Through songs, prayers, and words, passion was poured forth for our ancient mother and her protection. People young and old, of many different colors and statuses, came together with one goal: to be the keepers of the earth, to fight back against those who would harm her, and to protect our natural resources for future generations. Only a few children were present (two of them my own) but it is for them we look forward and fight. It was a moving night, hearts open, tears in eyes, love and passion evident on every face.
As the totem continues to make its journey, it reminds us to cry out loud and clear. We draw the line.
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