Totem Poll

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Totem poles are monumental sculptures carved from large trees, mostly Western Red Cedar, by cultures of the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America. The word totem is derived from the Ojibwe word 'odoodem', meaning 'his kinship group'. The designs on the 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.