The Great Old Broads for the Wilderness and Fort Lewis College hosted the House of Tears Carvers from the Lummi Nation for the “Red Road to D.C. Totem Pole Journey.” The red hands on this sacred totem pole represent the missing and murdered Indigenous women, intended to bring awareness at each stop with stories and empowering messages from tribal leaders.
Southern Ute Councilwoman, Linda Baker introduces herself and offers prayers for the totem pole from Lummi Nation out of Washington State, on Saturday, June 29. The event took place in Durango, Colo. at Fort Lewis College. The “Red Road to D.C. Totem Pole Journey” has made its way from Washington D.C. to the West Coast making various stops en route.
The totem pole, which is said to carry the spirit of the lands, and power and prayer from Lummi Nation, made its second stop in Colorado at Fort Lewis College. Southern Ute Council Members, Linda Baker and Dr. Stacey Oberly were invited to attend and speak at the event. Participants were able to engage with Lummi Nation leaders and hear stories about how this totem pole came about and the meaning behind each piece of art.