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totem pole

n.
1. A post carved and painted with a series of family or clan crests or with figures representing mythic beings and erected usually before a dwelling, as among certain Native American peoples of the northwest coast of North America.
2. Slang A hierarchy: low on the totem pole.
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totem pole

n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) a pole carved or painted with totemic figures set up by certain North American Indians, esp those of the NW Pacific coast, within a village as a tribal symbol or, sometimes, in memory of a dead person
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to′tem pole`


n.
a pole carved and painted with totemic figures, erected by Indians of the NW coast of North America.
[1875–80]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.totem pole - a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figurestotem pole - a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figures; erected by Indian tribes of the northwest Pacific coast
pillar, column - a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)
emblem - special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
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Translations
عَمود مَنْحوت مُزَيَّن بِرُسوم طوطميَّه
totem
totempæl
toteemipaalu
mât totémiquetotem
totemoszlop
tótemsúla
totempaal
totem direği

totem pole

nTotempfahl m
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totem pole

ntotem m inv
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totem

(ˈtoutəm) noun
(an image of) an animal or plant used as the badge or sign of a tribe, among North American Indians etc.
totem pole
a large wooden pole on which totems are carved and painted.
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What seems especially alarming, however, is the huge quantity of carved wooden curios currently being produced by Balinese and other Indonesian woodcarvers in pseudo Northwest Coast style, in the manner of the carved and painted model totem poles and related material crafted over many generations by Canadian First Nations carvers in British Columbia and Alaska.
Activities include making jungle masks and totem poles, safari storytelling, jungle dancing and safari exploring.
TOTEM poles have watched over a forest village for almost 50 years.
In 1971 the first totem poles were erected at Stonehaugh, the village built in the mid-1950s to house workers who wereestablishing Kielder Forest.
The book is intended as an art historical study grounded in analysis of the totem poles and totem carvers of the parks, highlighting the names and styles of individual carvers.
STARTING WITH A PRESENTATION on traditional totem poles, the students studied symbolism of animals.
Visitors to Stewart Park will be aware of the two totem poles outside the Birthplace Museum.
New York, NY, May 11, 2016 --(PR.com)-- "Totem Animals Of The Native American Indians," has been written to explain the importance of the objects carved on totem poles and other articles connected with totemism and the secret societies of the Northwestern Indian tribes.
The five-day course included making T-shirts and totem poles as well as a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton, where they observed, sketched and discussing the exhibits.
"Totem poles show you who lives there," explained Brainard, who is a member of the Coos Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indian tribes.
"Discovering Totem Poles: A Traveler's Guide" is the first guidebook to focus on the complex and fascinating histories of the specific totem poles visitors encounter in Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Alert Bay, Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau.