Tokitae Totem Pole Journey
The totem pole journey is a commitment of our shared responsibility and sacred obligation to draw and defend the line that marks the boundary between what’s acceptable and unacceptable in our Journey to create a just society that honors the gifts of the Earth. Free Our Seas & Beyond stood along side The Lummi Nation and other community activist to deliver songs and prayers for the release of Tokitae (Lolita) the resident orca at the Miami Seaquarium where she has been kept for 47 years in the smallest orca tank in North America.
The 1855 Point Elliott Treaty gives The Lummi people the legal right to protect their coastal lands, waters, and fish which includes Tokitae. Tokitae was taken from her family in Penn Cove and sold to the Miami Seaquarium in 1970. The Lummi have been working with marine biologists, orca experts and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine to release Tokitae back into their custody and then into a protected sea pen in the waters that her pod still inhabits.