Tuesday, June 11, 2019. 6:00 pm.
721 NW 9th Avenue,
This event is included in Dana’s “Rise for the Orca Tour”: A year+ long tour raising awareness and building political will, to protect the Southern Resident Orcas, and their habitat: the Salish Sea and Columbia River Watersheds
The Lummi Nation invites your participation in a gathering at the Whatcom Museum dedicated to the vision of Qwe lhol mechen, the Lummi word for killer whale which translates to “our people that live under the sea”. It is part of our Xa Xalh Xechnging (“sacred obligation”) to bring home from Miami Seaquarium the captive killer whale Tokitae and return her to her family.
The gathering is also dedicated to the survival and revival of her imperiled extended family—the Southern Resident Killer Whale population that live in our Salish Sea (Puget Sound) and rely on California coastal waters. The Salish Sea orcas are a sort of “miner’s canary” for the health of the sea and the wider ecosystem. Critically endangered, the threats they face range from climate change, starvation, toxic and sound pollution, oil pipelines and tanker traffic.
This journey is ultimately a vision of resilience, truth, belonging, and healing for the for Qwe lhol mechen and for us all in a troubled time from which We Shall Rise Again.
May 30 (Miami Circle Blessing)
May 31 (Miami Rally)
June 1 (Florida International University)
June 7 (Van Nuys City Hall)
June 7 (UC Irvine, arboretum)
June 8 (Topanga Community Center)
June 9 (California Academy of Sciences)
June 11 (Portland)
June 12 (Tacoma)
June 13 (Bellingham)
June 14 (Coupeville)
June 15 (Seattle)