totem pole

A monumental wooden pillar carved with symbolic human, animal and supernatural images. Totem poles are made from large trees, usually red cedar, by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest coast of North America: the Haida, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and Coastal Salish. Web resource here.

Houses and totem poles. Masset, Graham Island, British Columbia, Canada. 1882. Photo: Bertram Buxton. Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.