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Mar 25 How to Draw a Totem Pole

We've been learning about the art of totem poles carved by the people of The Haida Nation. The Haida are an indigenous nation of the Pacific Northwest Coast and their main home is Haida Gwaii, an archipelago off the coast of British Columbia. Totem poles from this region were usually made from western red cedar trees. The symbolism of traditional totemic art varies but typically portray stories of family legends and notable events. Here's a quick lesson on how to design your own totem…


Yep! Love 'em! My son's class made totems in 5th grade. Love this application...having kids find animals that rep. the brave/sad/strong/funny sides of selves! SO fun!

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Cool Totem Pole Craft Projects For Kids

Each child acted as one family in the clan, and selected an animal spirit to represent them. In Native American culture, an animal can symbolize a quality or way of life. All clan members reviewed paper sculpture skills and began the creative process of designing their animal.