All Our Relations
The All Our Relations Snake River Campaign is a two-week, Indigenous-led campaign that aims to bring attention to the urgent need to remove the four lower Snake River dams as part of a comprehensive solution.
We are at a critical moment in the struggle to restore the Snake River system, bring salmon back to abundance, honor the promises made to Tribal Nations, and help endangered orca who rely on the salmon for food.
Restoring a free-flowing Snake River would honor the promises made to Tribal Nations and their lifeways, open up cold water habitat, fight the effects of climate change, and allow the river to fulfill its role in caring for the salmon, orca and the other wildlife who rely on a healthy river. The impacts of a free-flowing Snake River would also expand to the tens of thousands of people who depend on the river for fishing, hunting, renewal and recreation, and more.
We need elected officials to work with Tribes, the principal dialogue partners, as well as other impacted communities and sectors to develop and implement a comprehensive plan now, before it’s too late for salmon and the orca, ecosystems, and communities that depend on them.
Events will feature an 8-foot in diameter steel sculpture, hand crafted for the journey by Lummi Nation members A. Cyaltsa Finkbonner and Master Carver Jewell James that represents a vision of ‘All Our Relations’.
Please support the 2023 All Our Relations Snake River Journey by attending the following events and sharing with your friends and family:
A. Cyaltsa Finkbonner Steel Sculpture
Each stop of the campaign features an 8-foot in diameter steel sculpture, hand crafted for the journey by Lummi Nation member A. Cyaltsa Finkbonner.
Cyaltsa collaborated with Master Carver Jewell James on design and concept to create a piece that celebrates the sacred connections of ‘All Our Relations’. The sculpture’s design incorporates buffalo, bear, eagle and orca at the foundation of the piece. Salmon and Prayer Warrior feathers stand 4 and 5 ½ feet tall around a ceremonial smudge bowl at the center. Wind and water represent connections that support the elements of the sculpture.
“This sculpture has a lot to say,” muses Cyaltsa, “we are all prayer warriors full of hope for a better future for all of the dependents of the rivers, land, air and sea.” At each location, Jewell James, Cyaltsa Finkbonner (or Indigenous leaders of the lands on which we will gather) will use the sculptural vessel for a smudge ceremony in honor of “All Our Relations.”
“I am so honored for the opportunity to work with Jewell, my respected elder. With his vision of the structure and the freedom to design the art within, this collaboration has made something so unique.” –A. Cyaltsa Finkbonner