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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]
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Above: For purposes of comparison, examples of genuine hand-crafted Northwest Coast model totem poles, as made for the 20th century market.
STARTING WITH A PRESENTATION on traditional totem poles, the students studied symbolism of animals.
Hansen and the students repainted and resealed the totem pole, one of five throughout the district made by Hansen and his students over the years.
Many years later, the model totem pole was photographed for a book called The Box of Day light, edited by the art historian Bill Holm, who first undertook to formally analyze the unique characteristics of Northwest Coast native art.
Session 3: Constructing the Totem Pole Using the heavy-duty tape (clear packing tape recommended), tape the two gift wrap tubes together to form one very long tube.
A totem pole memorial to explorer HM Stanley (inset) has been erected in St Asaph, but there are questions about its location on Lower Street
She looks after the site's many cultural objects, including its well-known collection of totem poles. Several long-term agreements with Sitka Tlingit clan leaders allow the park to house the clans' Panting Wolf House Posts and Sleeping Man Legend Pole, among other objects.
The totem pole has now been raised in the school grounds and features 10 traditional tribal faces designed by local primary schools.
Some Vancouver-area indigenous leaders have suggested a totem pole might have made a better Vancouver 2010 emblem, since the art form is native to British Columbia.
Max has helped get planning permission for a totem pole which will be put up on our hill.
A cover of jazz great Lee Morgan's "Totem Pole" showcases a mesmerizing sax-trumpet dialogue, while the sleek violin of "Mood Indigo" would please Duke Ellington himself.
Yet this interpretation only hints at the larger cultural contexts surrounding this totem pole. It is a mortuary pole in honor of a member of a clan within the wolf (gooch) moiety.