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Bring Tokitae Home

In 1970, a number of baby blackfish were captured from the Salish Sea, the islanded body of water nestled into the coastlines of southern British Columbia and much of Washington State. Blackfish have language, tools, complex social organization, emotions, culture, memory. As the babies were lifted by helicopter out of the water, they and their families shrieked. To this day, the resident blackfish avoid Penn Cove because that's where their children were stolen
One blackfish stolen from L-pod in Penn Cove is still alive. She is now 51 years old, and has been held in a tiny swimming pool at the Miami Seaquarium for the past 47 years. She is a revenue stream for her owner, performing twice daily for the public. Her stage name is Lolita, though her trainers call her Toki, short for Tokitae, a Chinook name given to her when she was first captured. Lolita/Tokitae is not only alive, she is strong and healthy. Lummi Nation has been called to bring her home.z

Jewel James, Lummi Nation elder, speaking at an event in Portland Oregon, the third in a 17 city tour, ending at the Miami Seaquarium, where they will respectfully ask to be allowed to bring Tokitea back to the Salish Sea.

Jewel speaks eloquently about our relationship with Nature and our responsibility to work for the rehabilitation of Tokitea and Mother Earth.

Please visit, www.sacredsea.org, for a fuller understanding and how you may contribute to the effort.


A Trailer of the tour is available at:


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Bring Tokitae Home: Jewel James

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