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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
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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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It was also important to check that students had not assembled their totem poles onto the wooden skewers before they go into the kiln, since the skewers can burn during firing.
"Totem poles show you who lives there," explained Brainard, who is a member of the Coos Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indian tribes.
This model totem pole in particular captured my imagination because it features a nursing mother seated on a sea monster--two images that are evocative for most, if not all the human race.
Going back to the original design challenge--design, create, and construct a class totem pole that stands on its own in the classroom and has room to display all the students' animal "prints"--ask the students if their product meets the design guide.
"Now the park protects our ancestral lands and perpetuates our history indefinitely into the future, not just for our clan but for the public." Indeed, Sitkans of all ages relish walking among the totem poles along the rainforest trails or beachcombing; each fall they marvel at Indian River's crowded runs of salmon coming home.
Standing, Kier Reece and Daniel Jones, and, front, Leslie Flynn, Sam Higgitt and Adrian Krygier, Fitzalan High School pupils who helped make the totem pole
According to a report in National Geographic News, the groups feel the symbol doesn't reflect the native art and culture of the Vancouver region and the rest of British Columbia, such as totem poles.
In a statement of reunification by the people of the Tongass Tribe, the replica of the Chief Johnson Totem Pole, which originally stood from 1901 to 1982 at the center of the community at the mouth of Ketchikan Creek--was raised on October 7, 1989 to reinstate the people's claim to the land of their ancestors.
NCB, a cooperatively owned financial institution dedicated to building stronger communities nationwide, held a totem pole dedication ceremony on Oct.
"Gracie Gannon: Middle School Zero" is Gracie's story of adapting to the harsh world of Junior High, where she seems to be at the bottom of the totem pole and even her former best friend ignores her.
The great chief wants to erect a new totem pole so that his descendants may remember who he was after he dies.
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.