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First Nations Totems
Transcript of 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.
ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES
Geometric or Organic?
Symmetrical or Asymmetrical?