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Monday, April 30, 2007

Totem Pole

Did you know that when you look at a totem pole you are looking at a story? My friend was telling me that she read an article that said what each part of the carving meant. I think it would be so interesting to study that information. We have a small totem pole. I don't know if the carver was telling a story or simply making a pretty carving.

A totem is an object, usually an animal, that serves as an emblem for a family or clan. It represents a symbolic relationship between nature and human kin groups. The figures on the poles are mythical beings from the First Nation's ancestral past.