Kwel’ Hoy Totem Pole Journey

On Earth Day 2018, a totem pole that was carved by craftsmen from the Lummi Nation of the Pacific Northwest came to the Watershed Reserve in Hopewell, New Jersey. The totem pole is on a journey across the continent to connect people fighting to protect their water and their communities from fossil fuel development.

Created by the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation in northern Washington State and southern British Columbia, the totem pole has visited communities threatened or impacted by pipelines over the past six years.

It weighs about 2,500 pounds and took three months to carve out of red cedar, said one of the carvers, Doug James of the Lummi Nation.

See the totem pole on the Watershed Reserve (31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ) until September 13, 2018. The accompanying Kwel Hoy’ exhibit, created by the Natural History Museum, be on display at the Watershed until Aug. 31.