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Old 04-10-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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Is there a history of totem-building in the Portland area, or is that native culture limited to Washington state, Alaska and Canada?
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:41 AM
 
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Depends on what you want to call a totem pole. None of the tribes native to Oregon built the traditional free standing totem poles. All the totem poles I know of in Oregon are either imported or locally created by white guys with chain saws.

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The Chinooks and other costal groups further south would sometimes carve the posts of their lodges. These are sometimes called totem poles, and are lumped into the same category from an artistic and anthropological stand point, but there is a distinct word difference between the two. I'd have to look in my Chinook Jargon dictionary to remember what the native words are. They would frequently carve their canoes too.

Here is a picture of one in Morrow County: Oregon Historical County Records Guide: Morrow County Scenic Images: Totem Pole Not only is it made of wood that is not present in that part of the country, but it depicts animals that the natives in that area would not even know of. Such as the Puffin that is four figures down.

There is a lot more information here: Totem Poles
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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thanks buddy!
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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No problem!
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:58 PM
 
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That was more of a Tlingit thing IIRC.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Great figureheads on their seagoing canoes. Raven was popular.
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