article: Totem Poles

Totem Poles

Totem poles are towering sculptures carved from trees by a number of Native American peoples along the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. They display mythological images, usually animal spirits. The poles

Totem poles in front of houses in Alert Bay, B...

Totem poles in front of houses in Alert Bay, British Columbia in the 1900s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

are erected to identify the owner of a house or other property, welcome visitors, indicate a portal or passageway, mark a gravesite, and even to ridicule an important person who failed in some way. Why was this last type of pole—a “shame pole”—erected in Cordova, Alaska, in 2007? More… Discuss

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2 responses to “article: Totem Poles

  1. an art form for which I have great appreciation

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    • The depth of the belief behind the totem poles is deeply human! Our nature is more connected to the Universe than the limitations imposed on us by any religion! Thanks for your kind feedback Carl! I hope this Sunday, first day of June, replenishes you for the week ahead! We’re already on the right pass!

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