totem pole









totem pole


noun

  1. a pole or post carved and painted with totemic figures, erected by Indians of the northwest coast of North America, especially in front of their houses.
  2. a hierarchical system: the bureaucratic totem pole.

noun

  1. a pole carved or painted with totemic figures set up by certain North American Indians, esp those of the NW Pacific coast, within a village as a tribal symbol or, sometimes, in memory of a dead person

Among some Native Americans, a pole on which totems are carved. The totem pole usually stands in front of a house or shelter.

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