Witchcraft, Worship or Public Shaming? The Puzzling Purpose of Totem Poles in North America | Ancient Origins


Totem poles are a type of monumental structure carved from the trunks of huge trees, especially the Western Red Cedar. These monuments are found in North America, specifically along its north-western coast, and are traditionally created by a number of Native American groups. Whilst the oldest totem poles that we know are from the 19th century, it has been suggested that this tradition has existed long before then. Totem poles are rich in symbolism, and were used for a variety of purposes.

Source: Witchcraft, Worship or Public Shaming? The Puzzling Purpose of Totem Poles in North America | Ancient Origins

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