Southern Resident Killer Whales given Lummi name in traditional ceremony

Lummi Nation held a Sna’teng, a traditional naming ceremony, for the Southern Resident Killer Whale population on Thursday, August 22, on a beach at H’eT’atCh’L, an ancestral village site on Orcas Island. Traditional names connect family members to one another, to ancestors, to culture, and to spirit. In receiving the name Sk’aliCh’elh, the qwe’lhol’mechen (orcas) were affirmed as members of the Lummi family. Continue reading