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First Nations Totems

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Erin Ray

on 11 May 2017

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Transcript of First Nations Totems

First Nations Totems
of the Pacific Northwest
Indigenous people from a variety of tribes across the U.S./Canada border, along the Pacific coast

Once very densely populated; now living in small communities or integrated into towns & cities

Carved from red cedar logs & painted with characteristic designs

The word "totem" derives from an Algonquin word meaning "kinship group"

Meaning & symbols vary by tribe
Significance & Symbolism
Totems are not religious objects used for worship. Rather, they are emblems used to tell a story.

Totems may recount a tribal legend, trace a family lineage, or commemorate an event.

Different animals may represent an ancestor, or a significant event in a legend or a person's life.

Geometric or Organic?
Symmetrical or Asymmetrical?
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