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A Bear Totem Gift: Bears Ears Blessing Coming to SLC
For Immediate Release: July 17, 2018
Contact – Braidan Weeks: (801) 372-6438
Alastair Bitsóí: (917) 202-8308
July 19th at 6pm
Urban Indian Center, 120 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City
Local tribal leaders welcome representatives from the Lummi Nation at the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake. The Lummi Nation will bring with them a 9-foot tall and 3-foot wide Bear Totem, which weighs over a ton. While the totem is a gift to the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, it also comes with healing properties and shows symbolic support for the restoration of Bears Ears National Monument. After Salt Lake City, the Bear Totem will continue its journey to Bears Ears for the 2018 Bears Ears Summer Gathering, July 20-22, at the Bears Ears Meadow.
The Lummi People believe that totems bring healing to those on its journey and blesses those who touch it. Those in attendance will be invited by the tribal leaders to touch the totem and offer their blessings. Following the blessing, representatives from Goshute, Shoshone, and Ute will address attendees about unity, healing, and ongoing protection of ancestral lands. Attendance is expected to be over 75 people, lots of food, music, and special totem t-shirts will be shared. A community, potluck-style dinner will follow the blessing. The theme of the 2018 Summer Gathering at the Bears Ears meadow was determined by this act of kindness, beauty, and grace, #BearsEarsHeals2018.
Pictures and video are encouraged throughout the event.
6 p.m. – Event Start
6:30 p.m. Welcome and statements from Lummi and local Tribal Leaders
7 p.m. – Press follow-up & leader availability
Alastair Lee Bitsóí, MPH
Utah Diné Bikéyah
(917) 202-8308 (c)