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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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Visitors to Stewart Park will be aware of the two totem poles outside the Birthplace Museum.
She speaks briefly about the relationship of the totem poles to laws that limited Native freedoms, the ill effects of colonialism on Native traditions, and the dispossession of Native lands to the current resurgence of Native control over their heritage.
The Bensons say it's simple: They started making totem poles 23 years ago because people asked them to do it.
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If you're crusing to Ketchikan this summer,be sure to visit the area's powerful collections of Indian totem poles and other carvings.
But ahead of a fun day to officially unveil the trail, they're having to clean up two of the sculptures - the totem pole and the troll - after they were daubed with paint.
Vancouver Mayor Charley Thompson arranged for Ellen to provide the model for the totem pole used as the insignia for the Totemland Society, to promote tourism.
All the pupils had a go at making a totem pole out of bottle tops and packaging.
ORGANISERS hope two custom-made totem poles will add an air of authenticity to a country music festival.
That totem pole, a symbolic telling of the Bish family story on an 8-foot white pine log, was crafted by Paul Niejadlik, art teacher, and all 524 students at Converse Middle School in Palmer.
LORANE - Twenty years ago, Lorane Elementary School teacher Carroll Noel helped hoist a totem pole, newly carved by the school's fourth-grade class, onto its base across the gravel driveway from the little red schoolhouse.
Owen, who has some landscaping work experience, was keen to make his own personal mark by building all the wooden structures - a stunning pergola, a 4ft bridge, trellis work and a unique red totem pole.