Lummi-carved totem begins its journey

Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News Dozens of people put their hands on the Lummi totem during a blessing at a sending-off ceremony at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship on May 3.

BELLINGHAM — A 14-foot totem pole sculpted by master carvers in the Lummi Nation will travel more than 2,300 miles over the next few weeks as part of an advocacy campaign for salmon restoration.

The totem, which features a child resting on an orca atop two large Chinook salmon, was blessed during a ceremony at the start of its journey last week. Faith leaders from churches around Bellingham joined representatives from the Lummi Nation to pray over the totem and salmon restoration in the region.