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Totem Poles. 2 nd Grade. What are totem poles?. Totem poles are monumental structures usually carved from great trees, like Western Red Cedars. Totem poles are similar to what we would think of as a family tree. They tell a story about a tribe, family or individual.

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Totem poles

Totem Poles

2nd Grade


What are totem poles
What are totem poles?

  • Totem poles are monumental structures usually carved from great trees, like Western Red Cedars.

  • Totem poles are similar to what we would think of as a family tree. They tell a story about a tribe, family or individual.

  • Totem poles were never an objects of worship.


Where were totem poles first built
Where were totem poles first built?

  • Totem poles are an ancient tradition for tribes along the Pacific Northwest Coast

    - Washington state

    - British Columbia in

    Canada

    - and some of the

    Athabaskan tribes of

    southern Alaska


How is a totem pole constructed
How is a totem pole constructed?

  • A totem pole is usually carved by a chief carver and some apprentices.


What s on a totem pole
What’s on a totem pole?

  • Human Figures

  • Spirits

  • Animals

  • Birds

  • Insects

  • Water creatures

  • Celestial figures


Interesting facts
Interesting facts.

  • There are totem poles called Shame poles. These were used for public ridicule and were usually made to shame individuals or groups for unpaid debts.

  • The word "totem" is derived from the Algonkian word Dodem, originally meaning "to be related to someone" (i.e. someone who shares a family crest, or totem).


What the figures mean
What the figures mean

  • Thunderbird:Spiritual attributes include power and mystery. The Thunderbird is a leader.

  • Beaver: Their upturned tails are a symbol of wealth. The beaver is a creative, artistic and determined.

  • Bear: Spiritual attributes include ferocity, strength, humility, motherhood, teaching.

  • Wolf: Spiritual attributes include intelligence and leadership.

  • Owl:Spiritual attributes include wisdom, ability to see beyond normal view.

  • Siskiutl - Two-Headed Sea Serpent:The sea serpent is an enemy of the Thunderbird. Is feared because it can pull war canoes into the site of a battle and can turn enemy warriors into stone with a single glance.

  • Butterfly: Spiritual attributes include transformation and acceptance of change.

  • Human Image: usually a family member or a loved one.

  • Dragon Fly:Spiritual attributes include ever-changing life.


Resources
Resources

  • http://www.support-native-american-art.com/Native-American-Totem-Poles.html

  • http://www.crystalinks.com/totempoles.html

  • http://users.imag.net/~sry.jkramer/nativetotems/basics.htm

  • http://visual-arts-education.suite101.com/article.cfm/totem_poles

  • http://www.papertotempoles.com/


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