The Totem Pole Blessing Celebration was very inspiring. It was great to see so many St. Francis people at the gathering. Pope Francis in the quote above calls us to dialogue with indigenous people especially when their traditional lands are being affecting. One of the tribal speakers at the event called on all of us to join with them in preserving the sacred landscape. Joining with the indigenous people as they demand that their treaties be upheld may be our best hope for caring for creation.
Picture from the totempolejourney.com site.
You will find more pictures and good information regarding the native resistance to the Cherry Point Terminal and other coal and oil related industries on their website (listed above). Master Carver James Jewell created the Totem and more about him can be found on the site as well.