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Rick Williams

Rick Williams, presenting with Andrea Brenneke, is a seventh generation Nitinaht master carver from Vancouver Island, as was his brother, John T. Williams who was killed in a shooting by a Seattle police officer in August 2010.

Rick Williams called for justice and a peaceful response that would honor his brother and his First Nation Heritage. Williams, and other family, friends, community and tribal leaders created a 35 foot John T. Williams Honor Totem Pole that was carved in Waterfront Park, carried by hand procession to Seattle Center and raised there in February 2012.

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