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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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We had a theme of identity and each class made a totem pole about their own class's identity, and what makes them special.
FLORENCE - People ask Steve and Margaret Benson all the time: How'd you get into totem pole making?
This month, Big Foot is taking LaRue on a promotional tour of Japan to promote their log homes and his totem poles.
Totem poles were designed with the powerful rhythmic images standing as silent sentries along the coast, a testimony of the deep spirituality of the native woodcarvers of the Pacific Northwest.
Totem Poles is a book that must be used carefully by scholars.
Behind the visitors, three carved bears shinny down an eagle-topped totem pole
Totem poles are about tribes and families, and in a sense tell stories about the history of the family.
Totem poles were often seen on the property of most families.
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.
The totem pole is his first attempt at anything artistic, Dryer said.
The house posts are internal images, displayed internally and more privately than totem poles and big house crests.
The four contemporary totem poles came together to form one large piece.