The Symbolic Language of the Eskimos
Totem poles tell a story about the qualities, history, and struggles of a clan. They appear only to be nice artistic objects unless you know the meaning of the animals, fish, birds, or designs that adorn them. Take a look at some photos of totem poles and translate their symbols into a story. Gain insight into the carver and his/her clan. There is no right or wrong answer; symbolism speaks to the one beholding it with grace and power.