North American Totem Pole

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Photo taken at the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair NJ. They have an extensive Native American exhibit which includes ancient and historic items and modern artwork from Native American artisans. Fortunately this was one exhibit where we were allowed to use our cameras, just could not use the flash.

Totemism (derived from the root oode in the Ojibwe language, which referred to something kinship-related, c.f. odoodem, “his totem”) is a religious belief that is frequently associated with shamanistic religions. The totem is usually an animal or other natural figure that spiritually represents a group of related people such as a clan.

The word totem comes from the Ojibway word dodaem and means “brother/sister kin”. It is the archetypal symbol, animal or plant of hereditary clan affiliations. People from the same clan have the same clan totem and are considered immediate family. It is taboo to marry someone of the same clan.

Totem poles of the Pacific Northwest of North America are monumental poles of heraldry; the word totem is derived from the Ojibwe word odoodem [oˈtuːtɛm], meaning “his kinship group”.

They feature many different designs (bears, birds, frogs, people, and various supernatural beings and aquatic creatures) that function as crests of families or chiefs. They recount stories owned by those families or chiefs, and/or commemorate special occasions.

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