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Series B, Week 26

Series B, Week 26


Your Art Class Erects a Totem Pole


The Pacific Northwest has been home to many Indians Tribes throughout history. Their traditions remain today. One of the interesting traditions that always fascinated me is carving totem poles. The poles, typically made of cedar, are carved by a family or tribe. The carvings are of figures. The figures, mostly animals, tell a story or represent the family’s history and values. The totem pole is used like someone might show or use a family crest or coat of arms. When the totem pole is erected the family or family clan hosts a Potlatch ceremony with drums beating. Your Art Class can erect totem poles on paper to tell your own stories.

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