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Honor Totem: John T. Williams Wokiksuye by Matt Remle | LRInspire

1.9.15

Honor Totem: John T. Williams Wokiksuye by Matt Remle | LRInspire: Recently, the Seattle Channel’s Community Stories has released a powerful new documentary “Honor Totem” which tells the story of the Williams families long presence in Seattle, their storied history as carvers, the fateful encounter between John T. Williams and officer Birk and the moving tribute by Rick Williams to carve a totem in honor of his brother.

“This poignant documentary chronicles the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole project as a catalyst for healing and justice. The community art project rose from the August 2010 fatal police shooting of Williams, a First Nations woodcarver. The shooting sparked an outcry that extended beyond the city of Seattle and the native community. The slain man`s older brother Rick Williams chose a peaceful response through an ambitious endeavor to carve a 34-foot totem pole in honor of the Williams family`s artistic legacy and the memory of one of its most talented carvers.” ~the Seattle Channel


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