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Native Organizers Alliance, Natural History Museum, Se'Si'Le

The House of Tears carvers from the Lummi Nation will be touring throughout California from June 3 to June 17 with a totem pole to raise awareness of sites sacred to Native peoples that are at risk.

Their first stop was in San Leandro on June 3 before heading to San Francisco on June 4 to make the 49-mile scenic drive, stopping at Pier 39 around 12:00 p.m., Golden Gate Bridge around 1:30 p.m., and Point Lobos around 3:00 p.m.

On June 5, the carvers will be visiting Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy from 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of Juristac — a location at risk of sand and gravel mining and considered sacred to the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.

The carvers have been touring since April and have made stops at more than 50 locations in the Pacific Northwest. A cross country tour to Washington, D.C. will begin July 14, where the carvers will make stops at several locations that are considered sacred to local tribes and Indigenous peoples, and are current or potential targets for dams, mining, drilling, and oil pipelines.

On July 28, the totem pole will be delivered to the Biden-Harris administration. Following the tour this Fall, the totem pole will be featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

For additional information on the carvers’ California stops, visit

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Totem pole journey stops in California:
June 3 - San Leandro
June 4 - San Francisco
June 5 - Gilroy (honoring Juristac — sacred site to Amah Mutsun Tribal Band)
June 5 - Santa Cruz
June 8 - Santa Barbara (Loc Pic in Chumash territory)
June 9 - S. Santa Barbara (Chumash territory)
June 10 - Malibu (King Gillette)
June 11 - Hollywood
June 12 - Frazier Park (Tait Ranch)
June 13-14 - San Diego
June 16-17 - Gabrielino-Tongva Nation

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