Totem Poles of the Northwest Coast

Vancouver Public Library - Public Domain The totem pole is the genealogical record and memorial of Northwest Coast Indian tribes. Crests carved on poles were lineage property and reflected the history of the lineage. Animals represented on the crests included the beaver, bear, wolf, shark, whale, raven, eagle, frog and mosquito; they were visual statements about group membership and identity. There were 6 principal types of poles.. memorial or heraldic poles, grave figures, house posts, house front or portal poles, welcoming poles and mortuary poles. Poles were skillfully carved of red cedar and were painted black, red, blue and sometimes white and yellow. They varied in size, but house front poles could be over 1 m in width at the base, reaching heights of over 15 m and generally facing the shores of rivers or the ocean.
Photo: Totem Poles, Alert Bay BC - Vancouver Public Library - Public Domain
Totems indiens Made by the Onondagas of the 6 Nations Confederacy
TOT01 - Key Chain...$ 6.95
TOT02 - 11 cm ...... $ 14.95
TOT03 - 20 cm ......$ 29.95
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