Narrated by the late Chief Tsilixw Bill James of the Lummi Nation, Lummi Master Carver Jewell James, and Amy Ta’ah George of Tsleil-Waututh Nation, this exhibition features a 3,000 pound killer whale (orca) totem carved by the House of Tears Carvers and an award-winning multi-channel film installation that tells the story of the environmental emergency through the figure of the killer whale. It also tells the story of the leadership of Native Nations in protecting the Salish Sea, the orcas, the salmon, and our collective future.
The exhibition has been viewed in museums across the country–now it’s coming home to the Pacific Northwest. An outdoor exhibition venue fabricated by Vashon Island artist Otong Durahim has been created so it can be experienced with the Salish Sea as backdrop and the stars shining overhead.
Join us for the opening featuring speakers, blessing, drummers, and song.
(Please wear your mask. Small groups will cycle through this outdoor exhibition.)
8–9:30 PM: Opening program with speakers, drummers, song, and a blessing around the House of Tears Carver’s orca pole as well as the Red Road totem pole that will be transported to Washington DC this Summer.
9:30-10:30 PM (after dark): Exhibition and 13-minute immersive film screens on a loop.
Exhibition and film by the Vashon-based traveling, pop-up museum The Natural History Museum with the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation.
Program organized by The Natural History Museum and co-sponsored by the Vashon Heritage Museum, Se’Si’Le, Vashon Nature Center, and Vashon Center for the Arts. Made possible with support from Rose Foundation, Keta Legacy Foundation, and King County 4Culture.