Orca Tokitae Totem Stops at the Whatcom Museum
Orca Tokitae Totem Stops at the Whatcom Museum on its Journey Home to Lummi Nation
Thursday, June 13, 6-8:00 pm
The Whatcom Museum will host the Lummi Nation’s Orca Tokitae totem pole on Thurs., June 13, 6-8:00 pm at Old City Hall, as it journeys back home after traveling across the country. Making stops along the West Coast, hundreds will gather at various venues in support of the Lummi Nation’s mission to bring their beloved Orca Tokitae back to her native waters and family in the Salish Sea. Tokitae is the last surviving orca whale taken from the Salish Sea 40 years ago and remains in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium. The Totem Pole Journey from Miami to Seattle calls on the Seaquarium to take action now in planning the release of Tokitae to the Lummi Nation, and for all people to make a commitment to restore and protect Tokitae’s family and the home she knows as the Salish Sea.
image: Lummi Nation carver Jewell James carved the Tokitae orca totem, which has journeyed across the country to urge for Tokitae’s return to her Salish Sea home.