Totem poles are carved from cedar trees. Totem poles still stand from hundeds of years ago. They range in height from 10 - 40 feet tall. Today totem poles are carved by both Native and non - native carvers. Totem poles have special meanings. Some totem poles mark where the chief was buried, other totem poles symbolize indivdual families (who they are) and their cultural belief . Today totem poles cost $25,000 - $60,000 dollars each. Real totem poles must pass a test to be considered authentic totem poles. Chain saw carvers say they carve totem poles but they realy don't. Their totem poles don't pass the test. Totem poles are emblems not icons. Totem poles have animals carved on them.Totem poles are carved by northwest indians. 5% of the United states is American Indians.
What Do Totem Poles Symbolize?
Symbols on a totem poles are usually animals. Thunderbird, Kolus, Eagle, Hawk, Raven, Whale, Copper Women, Siskiutl the two-headed sea serpant, and Dzunkwa (Tsnoqua) are just some of them. Others are the Bear, Beaver, Wolf, Frog, and the Mosquito. For more information on the symbols of the totem poles visit http://users.imag.net/~sry.jkramer/nativetotems/default.html. Also totem poles are used for is to symbolize your tribe or family.