The NLM Healing Totem is intended to promote good health in keeping with the mission of the doctors and scientists who work at the National Institutes of Health to advance our knowledge of health and medicine.
The Totem process began in 2010, with the selection of a 500-year-old red cedar by Master Carver Jewell Praying Wolf James. James used a combination of traditional and modern techniques to carve and paint the totem. Following a blessing at the historic Lummi village site of Semiahmoo (25 miles north of Bellingham, Washington), the finished totem was transported on a truck across the United States, stopping for tribal blessings on reservations in 13 states. In October 2011, the healing totem was erected as part of a traditional Lummi blessing ceremony in the herb garden at the front of the National Library of Medicine, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
|September 12, 2011||Bellingham, WA|
|September 13, 2011||Seattle Center, Seattle, WA|
|September 15, 2011||Flathead, MT|
|September 17, 2011||Pine Ridge, SD|
|September 19, 2011||Standing Rock, ND|
|September 20, 2011||Fort Totten, ND|
|September 21, 2011||White Earth Reservation, MN|
|September 22, 2011||Ho-Chunk Reservation, WI|
|September 24, 2011||Chicago, IL|
|September 26, 2011||Onondaga, NY|
|September 28, 2011||Mohegan, CT|
|September 30, 2011||Arrow Park, NY|
|October 5, 2011||Bethesda, MD|