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The word totem is derived from the Native American Chippewa or Ojibwe people who called totems "odoodem," which literally means "his kinship group". Totem poles are usually sculptures carved by various tribes or clans of indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America from very large Western Red Cedar trees.
There are many different reasons why totem poles are carved. Totem poles may tell tales of family legends, serve to record clan lineages or highlight a notable social or natural event. Some poles serve basically as large tombstones of a sort representing mortuary structures complete with grave boxes decorated with carved supporting poles. Generally poles tell stories in illustrated form to record historic persons, events and to represent spiritual powers. Creatures big and small on totem poles can be symbolic of many different things. Ravens are tricksters and frogs are troublemakers. There are only three kingdoms or spiritual realms in totem pole folklore:
These pole figure stencil images are based upon traditional, existing, historical and some whimsical images of North American Indigenous native totem pole characters, symbols, and figures commonly appearing in Native American Totem Pole carvings. Make your own Halloween totem pole and make up stories and legends as you go. Color Book Pumpkins has plenty of animals and creatures you can use to create a unique Trick or Treat Totem to help scare away the ghosts, witches, werewolves, bats, black cats, devilish goblins and other night of the living dead walking ghouls on All Hallow's Eve. With the proper carving tools, these easy Halloween symbol emblems images are a snap for children and beginners to master in almost no time at all. Celebrate the night of the walking dead festivities with unique stencils of high flying Thunderbird eagles, sharks or dogfish, a two-headed whales or one-horned goats.