Semiahmoo, WA.- Jewell James and Lummi tribal officials introduced the NLM Healing Totem by noting its purpose is to heal.
They explained one of the purposes of the Healing Totem is to address the historical trauma of America’s Native Peoples. However, they quickly added the Healing Totem is a gift to all Americans who have experienced cultural disruption and sacrifices.
In addition, they noted the timing of the Healing Totem’s delivery (a day after the tenth anniversary of 9/11) underscored the need to heal the national trauma that occurred a decade ago — at the other end of the U.S. from the Lummi nation’s lands (which are in the northwest tip of the state of Washington).
Jewell James noted after the ceremony that he hoped visitors to NLM’s Native Voices: Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness will be moved emotionally by the symbolism and beauty of the 20+ foot finely carved red cedar.
Jewell and other tribal elders told me they hoped future visitors will feel the healing totem’s power.
The Lummi nation’s new gift to all Americans blesses all.