Art of the Totem: Totem Poles of the Northwest Coastal Indians
Majestic spires, reminders of ages past, pierce the Northwest Coast forest. These totem poles, as well as ones now in parks and museums, are a medium through which modern day anthropologists can learn much about the past cultures of the great Northwest Coast Indian tribes. The carved figures on the totem poles illustrate a multitude of fascinating myths and tribal traditions.
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