John T. Williams Honoring

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JT Williams Organizing Committee says
This year we are having a potluck picnic under the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole at the Seattle Center. Please join us. Bring whatever you like and if you can't afford anything, bring yourself and we will feed you! Everyone is welcome. Bring drums, songs and sage if you like.

John T. Williams was a seventh generation woodcarver from the Nuu-chah-nulth tribe of British Columbia. His carvings and those of his siblings, his father and grandfather have been an intrinsic part of Seattle for more than a hundred years. On August 30, 2010 as John was walking across an intersection in downtown Seattle Ian Birk, a Seattle Police officer, shot him repeatedly in the back. John was carrying a piece of cedar and a carving knife. John didn't see the police officer nor did he hear him because John was partially deaf.

Every year on August 30th John's brother, Rick, carves under the John T. Williams totem pole and often people bring drums and cedar and will join him to carve, talk and remember. This year will be the same. Please join us. Come and meet Rick and possibly other members of John's family and listen to the stories he has to tell of his family. All are welcome to attend.T
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By: JT Williams Organizing Committee

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