House of Tears carvers stop at Swinomish Reservation
Red Road to DC
May 26, 2021
On Sept. 19, 2004, nearly 17 years ago, the House of Tears carvers from the Lummi Nation in Bellingham, WA delivered and dedicated “Freedom, Liberty & Sovereignty” to the Pentagon, one of three tragic targets for the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The Lummi delegation brought three cedar totem poles nearly 5,000 miles on a cross-country road trip to Washington, D.C.
This ceremony made a lasting impression on me as I watched in tears both times, as the totem poles were blessed before they left for the East Coast and when I saw them arrive in D.C.
All along the w...