Upcoming Workshops

Standing in Solidarity with Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut

Sep. 24, 2020 - Sep. 24, 2020 https://www.facebook.com/events/793325534832625

Please join us in standing in solidarity for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut at a virtual event on September 24th, the 50th anniversary of her captivity at Miami Seaquarium.

From Lummi leaders Squil-le-he-le (Raynell Zuni) and Tah-Mahs (Ellie Kinley):

We are traveling to Miami and holding ceremony as part of our Xa xalh Xechnging (sacred obligation) to care for our relation and work to bring her home. Estitem-sen (we are trying our best)!

This hour-long Zoom and Facebook LiveStream event will be held from 2-3pm ET / 11am-12pm PT,  and will feature:

• Seminole and Miccosukee opening prayer
• Water Ceremony for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut
• a short film about Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut’s history
• Statement of Solidarity from International Indigenous Leaders
• words from our partners at Earth Law Center, Northwest Indian College, Florida International University’s Global Indigenous Forum, and Whale Sanctuary Project
• Ways for the public to engage with and support the work
• the Blackhawk Singers of Lummi Nation

Event will also be viewable on the Facebook newsfeed on the SacredSea.org homepage.

Bringing Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut home will help heal her family and ours. Bringing her home will help heal the Salish Sea. Bringing her home be a step in upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples throughout the world who are working to protect their homes, their relations, and their ancestral ways.

Hy’shqe (thank you)!

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History and background
The Lummi people have been in a reciprocal relationship with qwe’lhol’mechen since time immemorial. Qwe’lhol’mechen means “our relations under the water,” which is our term for orcas.

Last summer, Lummi Nation held a Sna’teng, a traditional naming ceremony, for the Southern Resident Killer Whale population. Traditional names connect family members to one another, to ancestors, to culture, and to spirit. In receiving the name Sk’aliCh’elh, these specific qwe’lhol’mechen were affirmed as members of the Lummi family.

Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut  is a member of the Sk’aliCh’elh family, as her name shows. 50 years ago, she was violently abducted from her family and Salish Sea home. She was transported to Miami and placed in a tiny concrete tank.

Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut has been denied her home, her family, the freedom to deep dive, to hunt for salmon, to swim in a complete ecosystem. She was denied the freedom to be herself. For 50 years too many, Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut has been held captive, and made to perform daily for her food.

In 2017, Lummi Nation passed a Motion calling for the return of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut to her home in the Salish Sea. Two Lummi tribal members have been called to take the next step, and have invoked their legal, kinship, cultural, and spiritual rights with regard to Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut. Their efforts are now supported by partners at Whale Sanctuary Project (science and operational); Earth Law Center (legal); and Northwest Indian College (science, educational, youth, Indigenous).

Squil-le-he-le  has said, “She is is part of our community. It’s our Xa xalh Xechnging (sacred obligation) to bring our relation out of captivity at Miami Seaquarium, to bring her safely  home to Xw’ullemy.”

“She was taken from her family and her culture when she was just a child, like so many of our children were taken from us and placed in Indian boarding schools. Reuniting her with her family, reuniting her with us, helps make us all whole,” explained Tah-Mahs. “We’re at a time when we all need healing. We’re all family, qwe’lhol’mechen and Lummi people. What happens to them, happens to us.”

Our hands go up to you and all of our supporters, friends,  and partners. Contributions to the Tokitae Fund can be made at www.SacredSea.org; all donations are tax-deductible and directly fund our work to free Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut.

 

Augmented Reality Application Workshop

Date TBA

Collaborating with a NY Polytechnic Institute professor, this two day workshop explores augmented reality applications on smart devices.  Students, after learning about the politics of augmented reality applications, will be encouraged to bring smart devices to explore the American Museum of Natural History.  Through inserting what is excluded, this workshop trains workshop goers to see the excluded and question the unexplored.

DIY Geiger Counter Workshop

Date TBA Eyebeam, NY

The DIY Geiger Counter Workshop is centered around building your own Geiger Counter, a radiation detector measuring alpha, beta, and gamma radiation.  After constructing our own, we will use our mobile museum to travel to all five boroughs to measure radiation in various sites across New York City.

Framing Workshop

Date TBA New York, NY

This workshop trains students, elders, and others about the history of propaganda, and then how to create your own propaganda, specifically through framing a particular issue using photo and video documentation.  Workers will learn basic photo and video skills to be used in a homework assignment: framing an issue of interest from a specific propagandistic angle.

Center for Artistic Activism Anthropological Workshop and Museum Tour

Date TBA

The Natural History Museum presents a day-long anthropological workshop for students from the Center for Artistic Activism at New York University. Topics covered include institutional critique, interventionism, and the politics of display. Includes a guided tour of and exercises within the American Museum of Natural History.

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