totem and totem pole

   A totem is a representation of an animal, a plant, or a natural object that serves among certain tribal or traditional peoples as an emblem or as a guardian. Or, the animal, plant or natural object itself.

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  • Totem pole — Totem poles are monumental sculptures carved from great trees, usually cedar, but mostly Western Redcedar, by a number of Indigenous cultures along the Pacific northwest coast of North America. The word totem is derived from the Ojibwe word… …   Wikipedia

  • totem pole — totem poles N COUNT A totem pole is a long wooden pole with symbols and pictures carved and painted on it. Totem poles are made by some Native American peoples and placed outside their homes …   English dictionary

  • Totem pole — To tem pole or Totem post To tem post A pole or pillar, carved and painted with a series of totemic symbols, set up before the house of certain Indian tribes of the northwest coast of North America, esp. Indians of the Koluschan stock. [Webster… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • totem pole — n. 1. a pole or post carved and painted with totems, often erected in front of their dwellings by Indian tribes of the NW coast of North America 2. a hierarchical system [at the top of the educational totem pole] …   English World dictionary

  • totem pole — 1. a pole or post carved and painted with totemic figures, erected by Indians of the northwest coast of North America, esp. in front of their houses. 2. a hierarchical system: the bureaucratic totem pole. [1875 80] * * * Carved and painted… …   Universalium

  • totem pole — /ˈtoʊtəm poʊl/ (say tohtuhm pohl) noun a pole or post carved and painted with totemic figures, erected by indigenous people of the north western coast of North America, especially in front of their houses. Also, totem post …   Australian English dictionary

  • totem pole — noun Date: 1880 1. a pole or pillar carved and painted with a series of totemic symbols representing family lineage and often mythical or historical incidents and erected by Indian tribes of the northwest coast of North America 2. an order of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • totem pole — to′tem pole n. ant a pole carved and painted with totemic figures, erected by Indians of the NW coast of North America • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • totem pole — noun a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figures; erected by Indian tribes of the northwest Pacific coast • Hypernyms: ↑column, ↑pillar, ↑emblem …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park — consists of eleven objects and one building on 14 acres (57,000 m²) in Rogers County, Oklahoma. The park is ten miles (16 km) north east of Claremore and is located 3.5 miles (6 km) east of historic U.S. Route 66 and Foyil. It was added to the… …   Wikipedia


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