What are the different types of totem poles?
Well it mostly depends on what culture you are talking about. If it happens to be Native American totem poles then that is easy. Each totem pole represents some kind of character trait. For example: the eagle totem pole would represent wisdom. The bear totem pole represents bravery. And the wolf totem pole would represent leadership.
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it's one of the most well rocognized symbols of the Northwest Coast. They were used to tell stories. They had carved animals, that families beleived were their ancestors, and from whom they got their clan names.
Nobody knows where totem poles originated from, because there is no solid recorded evidence. All we can do is guess when they were first made. Many different cultures made totem poles, not just Native Americans. While poles made by Native American tribes are the most famously known, the Mayans, A…ztecs, Native Canadians, Native Australians, Maori, ingenious Koreans and ingenious Chinese are also known to have built totem poles. Many of the poles tell a story, either of a battle, a great feat or a popular legend. Erected for the people of the tribe and visitors to see and remember the events carved into the pole. They were often also used by Native Australian tribes and Maori tribes to mark their territories, warning rival tribes that they are entering their land, as well as to tell stories like most totem poles. Aztec and Mayan totem poles were carved from stone, mostly limestone. The poles are carved with images or representations of great battles and representations of Gods. Ancient ingenious Chinese and Koreans erected small totems to signify their obedience to their Gods and respect to their ancestors. Anybody who claims the Native Americans were the first to build totem poles are actually incorrect. Truth is, we don't know where they originated from. The empires of ancient China and ancient Korea have existed long before the native Americans settled. (MORE)
Tiki Totem Poles are made from large trees. A tiki is a largewooden carving in humanoid form. They set the boundaries of sacredand significant sites.
Animal symbols are the most powerful, spiritual symbols on a totempole. The monkey symbolizes practical jokes and good-heartedtrickery.
Only 6 Northwest Indian tribes produced totem poles. The Tlingittribe, the Haida tribe, the Bella Coola tribe, the Kwakiutl tribe,the Tsimshian tribe, and the West Coast tribe.
A totem pole served as the emblem of a family or clan, its unity, the rights to which people in each clan were entitled, and as a reminder of each clan's link to a spirit-ancestor. Totem poles are an ancient tradition of the Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest Coast--Washington state in the USA, …British Columbia in Canada - and some of the Athabaskan tribes of southern Alaska. (MORE)
They were first created in the Pacific Northwest. They arecenturies old, and it is unknown who exactly began making them.They commemorate things such as historical stories, ancestors, andevents.
Nobody knows where totem poles originated from or exactly when, because there is no solid recorded evidence. All we can do is guess when they were first made. Many different cultures made totem poles, not just Native Americans. While poles made by Native American tribes are the most famously know…n, the Mayans, Aztecs, Native Canadians, Native Australians, Maori, ingenious Koreans and ingenious Chinese are also known to have built totem poles. Many of the poles tell a story, either of a battle, a great feat or a popular legend. Erected for the people of the tribe and visitors to see and remember the events carved into the pole. They were often also used by Native Australian tribes and Maori tribes to mark their territories, warning rival tribes that they are entering their land, as well as to tell stories like most totem poles. Aztec and Mayan totem poles were carved from stone, mostly limestone. The poles are carved with images or representations of great battles and representations of Gods. Ancient ingenious Chinese and Koreans erected small totems to signify their obedience to their Gods and respect to their ancestors. Anybody who claims the Native Americans were the first to build totem poles are actually incorrect. Truth is, we don't know where they originated from. The empires of ancient China and ancient Korea have existed long before the native Americans settled. (MORE)
The Anishinabe (Ojibwe) people did not carve Totem as totem poles are most well know. Artists did beadwork, birchbark boxes and baskets and dreamcatchers. The clan (totemic system) was used however. Of the original 5 clans there are now more than 21, represented by various symbolic animals such as… Wolf, deer, whitefish,loon and bear to name a few. (MORE)
For the native Americans to dance around and also a place to tell stories and to learn about their ancestry. The carvings on some totem poles told stories or the Indians put them out to scare off their enemies.
Erection of a totem pole is almost never done using modern methods, even for poles installed in modern settings on the outside of public and private buildings. Instead the traditional ceremony and process of erection is still followed scrupulously by most artists, in that a great wooden scaffold is …built and hundreds of strong men haul the pole upright into its footing while others steady the pole from side ropes and brace it with cross beams. Once the pole is erected a potlatch is typically held where the carver is formally paid and other traditional activities are conducted. The carver will usually, once the pole is freestanding, perform a celebratory and propitiary dance next to the pole while wielding the tools used to carve it. Also, the base of the pole is burnt before erection to provide a sort of rot resistance, and the fire is made with chips carved from the pole.. Totem poles are typically not well maintained after their erection. Traditionally once the wood rots so badly that it begins to lean and pose a threat to passersby, the pole is either destroyed or pushed over and removed. Older poles typically fall over during the winter storms that batter the coast. A totem pole rarely lasts over 100 years. A collapsed pole may be replaced by a new one carved more or less the same as the original, with the same subject matter, but this requires a new payment and potlatch and is thus not always done. The beliefs behind the lack of maintenance vary among individuals, but generally it is believed that the deterioration of the pole is representative of natural processes of decay and death that occur with all living things, and attempts to prevent this are seen as somehow denying or ignoring the nature of the world.. This has not, however, prevented many people from occasionally renewing the paint on poles or performing further restorations, mostly because the expense of a new pole is beyond feasibility for the owner. Also, owners of poles who are not familiar with cultural traditions may see upkeep as a necessary investment for property, and ignore the philosophical implications. Source : Wikipedia If you want to just make a Totem without involving the histrionics, and want to know what tools to use, you can use small chain saws, (they make special chains and bars for wood-carving) small grinders, (4 to 4-1/2 inch grinders with special and varied cutting discs, wheels, including course sanding discs and flapper wheels) and of course the wood chisels, knifes, scrapers, hatchets. You must first have a pattern or idea of what you want, Wikipedia is an excellent site for ideas, (info, pictures, etc;) once your pattern is layed out, do the relief carving and then round off the forms to assimilate the 3 dimensional characters you want, smooth with 220 grit sandpaper, and apply a polyurethane finish. (MORE)
Bear - Watcher, guardian of the world, giver of great strength of body, courage and power of will. Buffalo - Possesses great strength. Cat - It is a good hunter and very independent. Coyote - It is a crazy trickster bearing tidings of sacred msichief. Crow - Justice. Deer - Compassion Do…g - Loyalty. Dolphin - Wise and happy, able to explore the great depths of emotions, friend to lovers of the sea. Dragonfly - It can tell you how to break through illusions and how to gain power through dreams. It teaches higher aspirations. Imagination Dragon - It is fiery, rich and knows the answers to many riddles. Eagle - Rising, circling the Sun, his cry thrills the brave and panic the faint-hearted. Fish - Graceful. Hawk - All-seeing, soaring on the breast of the wind. Observation. Horse - Freedom Hummingbird - Fierce warrior, jewel of the gods, whose feathers bear love magic. Pleasure. Lion - Emblem of royalty, symbol of the Sun. Courageous guardian protectors. Lizard - Vision Lynx - Keeper of secrets. Mouse - It has an eye for details. Owl - Wise watcher in the night, fate-seer, riddler, beloved by Athena. Silence. Panther - A good protective animal. Puma - Shaman's companion on journeys to the other worlds; spirit of grace and silent power. Rabbit - Fertility Raven - trickster, wise in oracles and omens, messenger and watcher for the gods. Mystery. Snake - Transformation. Spider - Fate Stag - Lord of the forest, masculine power of regeneration, giver of bounty, beauty and mystical signs. Swan - Guide into dreamtime. Turtle - Shyness Wolf - Pathfinder for the human spirit; heart of the wildness of the world. Knowledge. (MORE)
I have read elsewhere that the Raven and the Beaver are very common on totem poles and the majority of totem poles are topped by a bird: raven, eagle, or thunderbird. Thunderbird: Thunderbird is the most powerful supernatural creature. He lived in the mountains and fed on whales. When he flappe…d his wings, thunder rolled. Known as a hero in the legends of the Coast Salish Legends. Killer Whale: The Killer Whale is the manifestation of Wolf; it is held in great awe for its size and power. Eagle: Is a symbol of both power and prestige as well as peace and friendship. Eagle feathers are still considered sacred and were part of many ceremonies and rituals. Moon: Is the protector and guardian of earth by night. Sun: Is the protector and guardian of earth by day. Wolf: The wolf is a symbol of strength in the family and the kinship associated with it. It is known to have the strength and loyalty in all relationships, and is a great team player with effort on behalf of all in the community. Salmon: Is known as the provider of life, he is a symbol of abundance of prosperity. Salmon was and still is one of the main sources of diets for many of Salish People. Beaver: Has a strong sense of family and home with openness to alternatives and the power of working towards goals and attaining a sense of achievement, . The Beaver has a understanding of the power in nature and works in harmony with it. Loon: Is a symbol of sharing peace and tranquility and having a generous and giving nature. Owl: The owl is a symbol of wisdom and is known to warn people of danger or death. Otter: The otter is a symbol of trust and loyalty. Heron: The heron is a symbol of one who is very patient, graceful and easy going. Frog: A symbol of a new begining to all things, tho very small the frog plays a great role in our culture, he lets us know when it is time to put away winter activities and prepare for the new season. Bear: A bear symbolizes consistency and stability of action, has the ability to discover the inner truth about oneself, and has great self awareness, with a desire to deliberate about choices and actions. Raven: Raven is known as the Transformer or Trickster, and is a hero. Native Legends credit Raven with bravery and among other things, releasing the Sun and Moon. (MORE)
the carvings on some totem poles told stories or the indians put them out to scare off their enimies . -Tricia your answer friend
you can find totem poles all over the world but you mainly find them in south America
They are still used to indicate family lines whose attributes are associated with the animals carved.
Totem pole meanings vary based on the cultures of the people whomade them. Many tell stories, celebrate cultural beliefs, but mostare just artistic.
The meanings of the designs on totem poles are as varied as the cultures that make them. Totem poles may recount familiar legends, clan lineages, or notable events. Some poles celebrate cultural beliefs, but others are mostly artistic presentations. House front poles were meant to show the shame of …a family. (MORE)
Totem-pole output: two transistors with opposite drive : - if T1 is open, T2 is closed >> so the output is Vcc or logical 1 - if T1 is closed, T2 is open >> so the output is GND or logical 0 Vcc | T1 | -----output | T2 | GND Open collector output: the output with one transist…or, whom collector is on Vcc through a R resistor. (MORE)
what do you mean because the part of a red that is used for making totem poles are the trunk Hope it works
"Totem" is a native word from the eastern woodlands region of North America that was taken into English and incorrectly applied by white people to the "totem poles" made by natives on the Pacific north-west coast. In the Natick language of Massachusetts, the word wuhtotae or wuhtotu means a… native group, a clan or local inhabitants of a place. The related Ojibwe word odoodeman means "his group, his siblings, his kin" and was also applied to specific markings or signs referring to a particular family or clan. Europeans adopted this word as "totem" by the mid-18th century and applied it to any native sign for a family or clan. In the early 19th century, American and Canadian settlers began to use this word for the carved poles they saw among the Haida, Tlingit, Kwakiutl, Tsimshian and other native people of Alaska, British Columbia, Vancouver Island and the coast of Washington State. Naturally the native people of these areas did not use the English word totem; the Haida phrase meaning "It is a totem pole" looks like this: GyÃ¡a'aang uu Ãijang. In Kwakiutl, the word for totem pole is kalakuyuwish (pole that holds up the sky). (MORE)
Totems poles were built in three sections and the position of thefigures were significant. The bottom of the totem pole displayedimages and symbols of the most prominent and visible position. Thetop of the totem pole displayed mythical creatures and monsters.
The Makah built or made totem poles.I'm pretty sure there are more groups that do.
there are lots of different animals on a totem pole, however the most common ones are bird e.g: hulks and birds that are strong. Also bears are used quit a lot. :)
That depends on the culture or tribe who is doing the carving. The carvings can represent family ancestry, legends, monumenal events. These totem poles were never objects of worship for the the Native Americans, merely a public record of sorts.
Do you mean possible names, translations, or definitions for"totem pole"? TRANSLATION(S) FOR TOTEM POLE: - Italian: palo di totem - Japanese: ãã¼ãã ãã¼ã« - Greek: ÏÏÎ»Î¿ ÏÎ¿ÏÎÎ¼ - Spanish: TÃ³tem - Korean: í í ê¸°ë¥ - German: T…otempfahl - Chinese traditional: åé¨°æ± - Chinese simplified: å¾è ¾æ± - Please add more translations with the minor editingfeature. SYNONYM(S) FOR TOTEM POLE: a hierarchy, column, pillar, ancestral representative,wealth---(normally associated with early Native Americans) DEFINITION(S) noun: 1. a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved andpainted with totemic figures erected by Indian tribes of thenorthwest Pacific coast 2. a hierarchy; social totempole (MORE)
OMG they didn't have totem poles! Whoever asked this Q is out of their mind! You should blush! :-* that i the kiss sign its supposed to be some1 blushing! GET IT????? Oooh people r reatards!
some were bigger then. and now totems are much smaller but can still make big ones
Animals are used on totem poles to show meanings such as; a eagle represents honor, and a bear represents pride
According to the Guieness book of world records: The tallest totem pole is "Spirit of Lekwammen" at 180 feet 3 inches tall, located at Victoria British Columbia.
there is no real maximum it just goes up until it gets so tall it collapses
a short answer is yes but the beater answer is it depends witch of the four parts of Apache tribe you are talking about the inouiet the intasha the iabeak or the enkera
On totem poles there is spirts of there animals that are powerful to native Americans.
every animal on the totem pole represented a new way of life or tribe. in order to find out what animal was specific to which trait, you must check a different website.
Some of them do, depending on what legend they are based on. If the legend is about a bird, then the totem pole could have wins on it.
not sure....check the other websites...but probably no, beacause they didn't have anything to do with totem poles...
Totem poles are made so that the person who made it is capable of telling a story through wood.
The "story pole" is misnamed a "totem' pole due to a misunderstanding of its purpose by the settlers when they first encountered them. A 'totem' is a natural object or animal believed by a particular society to have spiritual significance and adopted by it as an emblem. Which is a very paternalis…tic and condescending attitude typical of colonising people towards those they encounter. (MORE)
These poles are more correctly known as "story poles" and were personal to the carver and their family. The creatures represented related to the life of the carver and his beliefs. ------ While totem poles do tell stories, they also represent a clan's crest, social rank, and affiliation. Totem …poles were also carved to memorialize a deceased person. Animals carved on totem poles may represent the carver's crest, clan, or figures in a clan's story. It is not only animals or mythical creatures carved on totem poles, sometimes people and other objects are carved on them also. Depending on the story, it often does not personally belong to the carver, but rather to the clan he belongs to. If anything the totem poles were personal to the carver and his clan as opposed to just the carver and his family. (MORE)
No and yes. Traditional totem poles were made by various Northwest Coast tribes in what are now Alaska and British Columbia. However, after the totem pole became famous among Anglo-Americans, many non-Northwest Coast tribes made totem poles that appeared at tourist attractions all over Canada and th…e United States. So, while totem poles were not part of the Seneca Tribe's traditional material culture, there may have been instances where members of the Seneca Tribe produced "roadside" totem poles for the purpose of attracting tourists. (MORE)
Indians, or should i say native Americans, practiced the art of totem pole making for hundreds, if not thousands of years. when they encountered Europeans, however, the natives saw metal tools and it became easier to make the totem poles, allowing them to increase in size. The reason that there aren…'t that many "old" totem poles are due to that because they were make of wood, they decomposed over time, so we wouldn't be able to find for example a 1000 year totem. But i am almost sure that they would have been making smaller ones at the time. (MORE)
Totelm poles is a wooden large tree (pillars) that are carved to serve as an emblem for a family or clan. Totem poles tell interesting stores about the legends, notable events and clan lineages.
Unfortunatly, I do not know the answer , but I do know nobodyreally has discovered that information
Some Native American with time on their hands and a history to share with their neighboring friends and family.
Totem is a word from the languages of eastern North America that was taken into English and incorrectly applied to those west coast poles. It comes from the Algonquian languages: Ojibwe nindoodem (my clan), odoodemi (to belong to a clan), odoidaymiwan (clan system); Mik'maq aoutem (family… relations). These words passed into English as "totem" and came to mean a clan symbol or clan animal, so when the early explorers reached the west coast they used the same word for the decorated poles made by the native tribes of that area. The Haida, Nootka, Tsimshian, Kwakiutl and others each had their own name for a totem pole - and it certainly wasn't totem . (MORE)
A totem pole is a wood carved pole. A potlatch is a ceremony whenyou give out presents to the people that came.
After the version 1.1.8 update, the Smurfs developers have added decorative items including the Totem Pole. You should be able to obtain this item as you would any other decorative piece in the game.
Totem poles were limited just to the far north-west coast region and especially to the area of Vancouver Island. Totem poles are a very specific kind of monument with significance only to the Pacific north-west cultural region. Many people are confused about the term totem pole and apply it indis…criminately to various other types of poles set up by other tribes. It is likely that the woodlands tribes did set up poles with skulls and hides of deer, elk, eastern woodlands buffalo or bear as a mark of respect for the animal spirits and as burial ground markers - but these are not totem poles. The Iroquois and their Algonquian neighbours used "war posts" in religious ceremonies before setting off to war; these represented enemies and were struck by the warriors as if they were real enemy warriors. They were not totem poles. The Powhatan tribes and others in the area of Virginia set up "dance posts" in a ring used for ceremonies and dances, representing tribal ancestors. They were not totem poles. . (MORE)
The mosquito may seem for some to be an unfortunate or unwelcometotem assignment. The most important thing to remember about suchconcepts is that the designation flows from the same essential lifeforce that reveals the intrinsic beauty of the full expression ofnature herself. The misquito as an ico…n represents the most fundamental connectionbetween the human and the earth cycle itself. Using blood asnourishment connects people to the very life force that pulses deepwithin. The residual swelling and itch is but a small reminder ofthe inter-connection between all forms of life ... and a reminderof the fragility of life itself. The Menominee Indian tribe has been known to provide suchdesignations in the form of highly intuitive and cross-culturalpractice. To be "assigned" the name of "misquito" is among thehighest honors, for it speaks to the radiant life force that seemsto flow from the person who receives such designation. Having observed such a process - a visitor from Austrailia waspolitely told, "You shall be known as misquito " - was a truely remarkabledesignation. She resisted and then eventually accepted her earnedname, title and designation. And, through this, she was set free tothe world, able to fly with the wind and forever more connecthumanity to the very life force that draws us all near and holds usclose to the Very Spirit of the Earth. (MORE)
There is no such thing as a Huron totem pole. Totem poles were confined to the tribes of the far north-west coast, particularly in the area of Vancouver. The Huron and many other woodlands tribes erected other types of poles for many reasons - but none are totem poles. They served as burial groun…d markers, war posts, territorial boundaries and so on. (MORE)