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totem pole

a pole carved or painted with totemic figures set up by certain North American Indians, esp those of the NW Pacific coast, within a village as a tribal symbol or, sometimes, in memory of a dead person

Totem pole

A wooden post carved and ornamented with the emblem of a clan or family, and erected in front of the homes of the Indians of the northwestern United States.
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Not much information about the original pole has survived in regards to what was represented on this beautiful old carving; it is impossible to say exactly what characters are represented on a totem pole without knowing who it was made for and what crests and stories would be related to them.
Kobia said the decision to lower the weathered totem pole was taken "not without a bit of sadness," but also on the advice of members of west coast First Nations, who assured him that totem poles are "not intended to last forever.
Scotland's first urban totem pole was created by Scottish carver Kenny Grieves and First Nation carvers Xwa Lack Tun and Jada Harry, from Canada.
As examples, Tippett cites the totem poles Reid helped create for Totem Park at the University of British Columbia in 1959, which Reid himself admitted featured crests that would likely have never been found together on a traditional Haida totem pole.
Stack, 2003, is a twelve-foot-high sculpture of six little human figures, a latter-day totem pole that tempts one to climb it.
There's more to the Lummi totem pole than meets the eye.
A SPECTACULAR North American totem pole is the colourful and much- loved centrepiece in the Thameside garden of Rolf Harris and his wife Alwen.
Glowing seductively, like a streamlined totem pole, it forms a mesmerizing landmark for the next phase of the banking evolution.
The 10ft totem pole - once worshipped by American Indians - has been a landmark at the entrance to the hotel for almost 70 years.
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.
At the old Creek Street bordello, for example, a carved female figure on a towering totem pole bears two salmon over her breasts.
So the company commissioned Tony Hunt, a Native Canadian artist, to carve a totem pole for its reception area in 1985.