Totem Poles-Kalama Washington on the Columbia River
What is a totem pole?
“Totem poles are monuments created by First Nations of the Pacific Northwest to represent and commemorate ancestry, histories, people, or events. Totem poles are typically created out of red cedar, a malleable wood relatively abundant in the Pacific Northwest, and would be erected to be visible within a community. Most totem poles display beings, or crest animals, marking a family’s lineage and validating the powerful rights and privileges that the family held. Totem poles would not necessarily tell a story so much as it would serve to document stories and histories familiar to community members or particular family or clan members.”
To read more please visit: indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/totem_poles/
The Kalama landmark totem poles are carved from 700 year old red cedar.
The community refurbishes the poles when needed.
The poles are located at Marine Park along the Columbia River
The poles are tall enough to be seen by travelers on Interstate 5 and stand prominent at the river side.
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