What is totem pole?

  • (noun): A tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figures; erected by Indian tribes of the northwest Pacific coast.

Totem Pole

Totem poles are monumental sculptures carved from large trees, mostly Western Red Cedar, by cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America. The word totem is derived from the Ojibwe word odoodem, "his kinship group".

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Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park - History and Creation
... art project to create a three-dimensional totem pole using modern building materials ... After eleven years of work, Galloway’s totem pole was completed in 1948 and topped out at approximately 90 ft (27 m) in height ... The totem pole’s construction took six tons of steel, 28 tons of cement, and 100 tons of sand and rock ...
List Of Compositions By Gregory Short - Orchestral Poems
... Coastal Forest and Raven Cradle Song (Kwakiutl), Totem Pole (Kwakiutl) II ... Totem Pole (Haida) III ... (Kiowa) Duck Dance (Seminole) Riding Song (Navajo) Night Is Here (Cherokee) Totem Pole (Haida) ...
Paul Pritchard
... drastically when he was hit by a large boulder as he was climbing the Totem Pole, a slender sea stack off the coast of Tasmania ... is about his early climbing experiences Totem Pole (1999) about his accident and his recovery from it The Longest Climb (2005) continues his story of recovery He won the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature ... Totem Pole was also awarded the 1999 Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize ...
Totem Pole - Similar Structures
... Poles similar to totem poles are also found elsewhere in the world ... Due to their similarities to totem poles, they are often described as being totem poles ... Notable cultures with such example of having a totem pole-like objects are those by indigenous people of Jilin, northeast China the Koreans the Ainu, indigenous ...
Escape From Scorpion Island (Series 3) - List of Challenges - Day 4 (Episodes 7 and 8)
... The team members had to slide across on skateboard decks holding a totem pole ... to get across and smash their skull on the other end with their totem pole before 10 minutes is up, wins ... Claw fell off a lot of times and even dropped their totem pole but Sting managed to stay on the boards the whole way even after wobbling in the middle ...

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