Lesson 10: My daughter made a clothespin totem pole.
Before creating her totem pole we read several picture books to learn more about Native American tribes of the north.
Very Last First Time
Eskimo Boy ~ Life in an Inupiaq Eskimo Village
Kayuktuk: An Arctic Quest
In addition we read the book Water Sky, a chapter book which tells the adventurous story of a whale hunt.
Totem poles were made by the whale hunting, fish eating tribes of the
Northwest extending from Washington into Alaska. Much like a coat of
arms from medieval Europe is a family specific symbol, a totem pole
represents a specific family. Animals on the poles tell stories which
may tie to personality traits or events involving the family's history.
were traditionally carved from cedar trees, but my daughter's totem
pole was miniature sized and simply painted onto a wooden clothes pin.