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Examples of this pattern in action:

Procession of the Species - Olympia
"The Procession of the Species is an artistic and environmental celebration of the natural world created by the community for the community using the mediums of art, music, and dance to give the natural world a greater presence in our streets." It is a parade of the human species sharing creations of individual expression of their awe and appreciation of the natural world. Designed as a cultural exchange rather than an entertainment event, it engages people from all walks of life — regardless of age, experience, or background — from local schools, social service organizations, tribal groups, churches, community groups, and individual area residents.

Raven and Crow's Potlatch
The Potlatch is an important custom among the nations of the North Pacific coasts, as tribal communities gather to feast and celebrate with singing, dancing and storytelling. The preparations are extensive, often taking a couple of years. The occasion of the Potlatch might be to honor the dead (which required two feasts a year apart), to celebrate a marriage or a birth, or to establish the host's claim to names, rank and privileges. Often the raising of a totem pole or the dedication of a house (which usually housed several extended families) would be the occasion for the feast. Always the Potlatch included lavish gift giving to the guests. In fact, the name "potlatch" comes from the Chinook word for "giving".

Most Northwesterners share a common dream of restoring and protecting salmon runs for the benefit of their children, culture, environment and economy. But ideas for achieving this dream are diverse and often in conflict. The 2000 Salmon Homecoming Forum: Salmon Recovery Comes Full Circle will provide an opportunity for those involved in and affected by salmon to make connections that will help move beyond conflict for real progress.

Wild Olympic Salmon Festival - Chimacum
Every two years, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Chimacum has a Salmon Festival in Chimacum County Park. The festival lasts all day until late at night. It usually begins with a parade of people or a story and ends with a big bonfire and a dance. Those who come are outside most of the time or at least walking back and forth to the big tent. The salmon dinner, costumes, music, storytelling, artwork and other entertainment make it a special day for our community.

Earth Day
Events all around the world celebrating Earth Day.

Return of the Brant festival
A festival to celebrate the return of the Brants from their Arctic feeding grounds.

Migratory Species Project
Tries to unite communities along the migration route of the gray whale from Baja California to Alaska.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:


Abram, David. The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World. Vintage Books. New York, NY. 1997.

Sale, Kirkpatrick. Dwellers in the Land: The Bioregional Vision. Sierra Club Books. San Francisco, CA. 1985.

Snyder, Gary. The Practice of the Wild: Essays. North Point Press. San Francisco, CA. 1990.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling