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Totem Pole Journey, May 5th-9th @ EMU


Snake River to the Salish Sea — Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey at the University of Oregon

May 5th – 9th, 2022

The University of Oregon welcomes Se’Si’Le, House of Tears Carvers, and The Natural History Museum for a series of events May 5th through 8th.

The Totem Pole Journey, led by Lummi carvers and organizers, brings together ceremony, art, science, spirituality, ancestral knowledge, and cross-cultural collaboration in support of the movement to remove the Snake River dams and restore to health the Snake River salmon and the orcas that depend on them.

Whale People: Protectors of the Sea is an outdoor exhibition featuring a 3,000 pound orca pole, salmon carvings, and an award-winning IMAX-style film projection that tells the story of today’s environmental emergency through the figure of the orca.


Events at the University of Oregon

Science in Ceremony Colloquium

Thursday, May 5th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

EMU Gumwood Room

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy


Art, Activism, and Ceremony 

Lunchtime presentation – Boxed lunches provided

Friday, May 6th, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

EMU Ballroom


Whale People and Totem Pole Exhibit and IMAX-Style Film Screenings

Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

EMU Green


Additional events are being planned for the weekend. For updates, please sign up via this link. For media inquiries or more information, please email


Se’Si’Le, Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers, The Natural History Museum, UO Student Sustainability Center, Center for Environmental Futures, UO Philosophy Department, UO Environmental Studies Program, UO Native American Student Union, UO Many Nations Longhouse

For current event details and an updated list of sponsors, please visit