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Totem Poles. What is a Totem Pole? Europeans gave the name totemism or "Totem pole" to the poles carved by the.

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1 Totem Poles

2 What is a Totem Pole? Europeans gave the name totemism or "Totem pole" to the poles carved by the Northwest Coast Indian people. Totem and totemism are used by many different people of varying beliefs to depict the relationship between the natural animals, celestial bodies, plants and landscapes and also human groups. The real idea is to show the difference between people, or clans, and animals and how they can be made to intermingle, or change from one to another. Much the same way, a wolf is different from a whale, a person from one clan or tribe will differs from another. To say "I am an Eagle" does not mean that I am a bird, but does mean that I belong to the Eagle clan. The true meaning of the Totem is only known to the carver. He may depict a story, and tell it, but keep the real meaning to himself, thus ensuring himself the job of being the tribe carver......a favorite of the chief!clans

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4 Totem Pole of Clay

5 Base - Slab Boxes/Cylinders Slab Boxes Cylinders

6 Decoration Possibilities under glaze kxTtApM1FE kxTtApM1FE

7 Decoration Possibilities Embedding/Attachment

8 Research Totem Poles & Hand-building with Clay symbols/totem-pole.htm Meanings of symbols Wikipedia

9 Research/Plan Assignment Research Totem Poles You will make one segment of a totem pole that helps represents your clan as one part of a whole artwork/totem pole Your clan can be the class of 2013 or could be your group of art students. Research hand-building with clay Construction Decoration Under-glaze Wax resist Glaze


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