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Lummi totem pole coming to Longview

The Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers will be displaying its latest totem pole in Longview Friday as part of its journey through the Pacific Northwest.

The tribe is transporting the 22-foot western red cedar totem pole — carved and donated by master carver Jewell James — nearly 5,000 miles over 18 days to oppose coal export docks, according to a press release.

The totem pole is destined for the city of Winnipeg, in Manitoba, Canada. It has a bald eagle with wings spread on top with a medicine wheel on its chest, according to a press release. Below is a buffalo skull, a wolf, a coyote, an Indian chief with a war bonnet facing a medicine man and a peace pipe with smoke rising above it.

This visit is happening just one month before the Army Corps of Engineers is slated to release its federal draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Longview coal export terminal.

Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview LLC is proposing to build a 44 million-ton coal export terminal at the former Reynolds Metals Co. aluminum plant west of Longview. The totem pole journey “is intended to build relationships and solidarity between tribes and communities pushing back against the recent flood of fossil fuel export proposals throughout the region,” according to the press release.

Friday’s event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Longview United Methodist Church, 2851 30th Avenue. It will include a presentation and spiritual blessing of the totem pole as well as a celebration.

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