A totem can be the symbol of a tribe, clan, family or individual. Native American tradition provides that each individual is connected with nine different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides. Different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey. (image: Monument in the Mist ~ by Carol Evans)

"Monument in the Mist" by Carol Evans is a totem pole in Thunderbird Park, Vancouver, British Columbia.

A totem pole in Ketchikan, Alaska,India, We all living beings are made of the same energy and substance either matter or antimatter, therefore we have to respect life in all its disguises starting with animals and environment, going organic and vegetarian is a priority, https://www.flickr.com/photos/ninaohman/

Photo tour: Alaska

A totem pole in Ketchikan, Alaska, We all living beings are made of the same energy and substance either mater or antimatter, therefore we have to respect life in all its disguises starting with animals and environment.

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!

Totem poles-having kids find animals that rep. the brave/sad/strong/funny sides of selves

paper mache masks and construction

paper mache mask: like the masks worn during the plague. Notice the wire mesh used to shape the hat portion

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