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.

This is designed as a destination presentation for Alaska.  It could be altered for other destinations with totem poles.