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Our Sacred Obligation


Our Sacred Oblig­a­tion: 2014 Totem Pole Jour­ney (direct­ed by Fred­die Lane) tells the sto­ry of the his­toric trip that mem­bers of the Pacif­ic Northwest’s Lum­mi Nation made to the Otter Creek Val­ley of Mon­tana, tak­ing with them a tra­di­tion­al totem pole cre­at­ed by mas­ter carv­er Jew­ell James — a sym­bol of their sup­port for First Nations opposed to expan­sion of crude oil and bulk coal ship­ping. The jour­ney con­nect­ed tribes, towns, cities and rur­al com­mu­ni­ties along the coal-train path to Xwe’chienXen, the name for the ancient Lum­mi vil­lage site and bur­ial ground locat­ed at the pro­posed Cher­ry Point coal port. This film fea­tures the voic­es of many native and non-native com­mu­ni­ties, express­ing shared con­cerns about the impacts of the fos­sil fuel indus­try on their land and waters. Film­mak­er Lane states, “I’m a sto­ry­teller, and the sto­ry is about pro­tect­ing the earth and what we have.

Released in 2014
Run­ning time: 66 min­utes

6:30 pm on Fri., Nov. 6th at The Earth­box
12:30 pm on Sun., Nov. 8th at The Earth­box