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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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Their names appear on our "Hoosier helping Hoosier" totem, which was a great fit for our Indianapolis totem pole, as we were building stronger community partners.
The cedar totem pole was designed originally by former elementary school teacher Vic Hansen and built in 1997 by students at Corridor Elementary School as a school project.
Another story speaks of a time in 1956, when a visionary British Columbian anthropologist by the name of Wilson Duff "traveled to the remote, uninhabited community of Sgaang Gwaii (Ninstints) on the farthest southern tip of Haida Gwaii, where an impressive stand of thirty totem poles still stood," and how in the late 19th century, missionaries and government officials encouraged the Haida to stop carving poles and to cease all traditional ceremonies like potlatches.
On a slope above the Sitka National Historical Park visitor center, Raven, the creator, giver of light and fire, sits high atop a red cedar totem pole.
Brady was committed to improving relations between Europeans and the Native community and began a campaign to collect totem poles from Alaskan villages for a totem park in Sitka.
Terry Abel, left, and Ric Myers with the totem pole carved for the country music festival Picture: PAUL HEAPS/ ph050609dtotem-3
The carved oak totem poles will stand in the community garden around Caslon Primary School, Beeches View Avenue, and will reflect three different themes.
A 15-metre-high totem pole, given to the World Council of Churches (WCC) at its sixth assembly in Vancouver in 1983, was on Nov.
I was so impressed by what I had seen that when I returned I decided to carve two totem poles.
Onshore, meanwhile, the tourism offerings cover a broad spectrum - boomtowns from the Klondike Gold Rush, clusters of totem poles, onion-dome Russian churches, shops that carry superb native arts, helicopter trips, fishing expeditions and wildlife excursions.
Inspired by Native American Indian totem poles, artist Robert Wilhelm designed these wooden mills as part of the PepArt collection for American salt and pepper manufacturer William Bounds.
It also leads her to a mission of recording the totem poles and the culture of the native tribes and to the most meaningful friendship of her life, with Sophie Frank, an Indian woman.