A healing totem pole by master carver Jewell James of the Lummi nation near Belingham, WA, USA on Sept. 13 has embarked on a 4,000 mile cross-country journey from the Pacific Northwest Coast to the National Library of Medicine herb garden at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. At the Library it will be part of the exhibition, “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,”which opens on October 6, 2011. Along the way the healing totem will stop at places of historic significance to Native American nations to create awareness of integrating traditions and the importance of relationships. The journey is a celebration of traditional healing knowledge and holistic concepts of health and well-being.
The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.access here