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to·tem

(tō'tĕm),
An object (usually an animal or plant) serving as the emblem of a family or clan and often as a reminder of its ancestry; something that serves as a revered symbol.
[Amer. Indian]

totem

[tō′təm]
an animal, plant, force of nature, or inanimate object that represents the tribal ancestor of a clan. It also serves as a tutelary spirit and protector and may communicate through oracles.
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Ultimamente aparecio una edicion espanola de la obra Totem y tabu.
The Swiss contractors hired to bring down the structure said they have been asked to do a lot of different jobs, but this was the first time they had ever been asked to dismantle a totem pole.
Niejadlik said five years ago, with the benefit of a teaching grant, he had an opportunity to travel to Alaska and study the culture, witness firsthand the creation of totem poles by American Indian craftsmen, and take photographs.
Before beginning the project, students viewed a variety of totems and other vertical sculptures (both traditional and contemporary), examined the use of space within and around the forms, and evaluated how balance was achieved within them.
Local artists produce traditional Haida art forms--argillite carving, weaving with cedar bark and cedar root, and the carving of totem poles.
Totem poles were erected to commemorate a new home or new owners of a home.
Totem uses the space to host its frequent parties, openings and other assorted get-togethers.
Hotel manager Dermot O'Brien told us: "We don't actually own the totem pole.
In the Musselburgh Honest Toun Classified Stakes, one of Totem Dancer's main market rivals, Alpha Rose, is unproven beyond 10 furlongs, over which she was a fair fourth at Redcar last week.
From a Vancouver Canucks hockey game to the top of a totem pole, their search finally ends in the pristine old-growth cathedral of the Clayoquot Sound.
My credit card stays in my pocket because I've actually come to Ketchikan to go a bit deeper into debt (though at $1,000 a foot, totem poles are out of my price range).
Delivering multicast messages, Totem invokes operations in the same total order throughout the distributed system.