New outdoor exhibition and IMAX-style film venue

October 8, 2020

This weekend we debuted our new traveling, outdoor exhibition and IMAX-style film projection venue at Lummi Nation, with a presentation of “Whale People: Protectors of the Sea“, featuring a 3,000 pound killer whale totem and an award-winning film that tells the story of the environmental emergency through the figure of the orca.

Much gratitude to all involved, including Tribal Council Member Freddie Lane, Jewell James and Doug James of the House of Tears Carvers, Former Lummi Nation Chairman Jay Julius, and Otong Durahim, the Indigenous artist from Indonesia who worked with us to design and fabricate this traveling venue. We raise our hands to you.

Stops over the next year include museums and Tribal lands in Idaho, Oregon, Northern California, and Washington State. Dedicated to the orcas, the salmon, the health of our waters, and humanity’s future, onward!

Interested in bringing it to your museum or community? 

We are lining up bookings for 2021–2022, get in touch! 




Whale People: Protectors of the Sea is a multi-channel film we produced with Lummi and Tsleil-Waututh leaders for an eponymous museum exhibition featuring a 3,000 pound killer whale totem carved by the House of Tears Carvers. Narrated by the late Chief Bill James (Lummi), Master Carver Jewell James (Lummi) and Amy Ta’ah George (Tsleil-Waututh), the 13-minute film tells the story of the environmental emergency through the figure of the orca.

This year it won an award in 3 categories at the Best Shorts Competition (Documentary Short, Native American /Aboriginal Peoples, and Nature /Environment /Wildlife), it won Best Environmental Film in the Global Independent Film Awards, and it was the second most nominated film in the Toronto Beaches Film Festival, winning two awards (Best Environmental Film and Best Editing). It is an official selection at the 2020 Cannes International Independent Film Festival, International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF), American Documentary and Animation Film Festival, Toronto Short Film Festival, Woodstock Museum Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, and Dreamspeakers International Film Festival, and it’s now part of the IFWW Educator’s Package used by teachers for 3rd grade to university and graduate level programs.