Earth realm characters include animals who walk on land such as bears, beavers and wolves. In this section are renditions of creatures that actually appear on authentic and historic totem poles.
Magical animal creatures can transform themselves into human form or appear as any other creature, such as a human wearing a bearskin cloak or wolf skin. Some of these magical beings can travel between realms to visit or create havoc in other realms. Many earth realm animal creatures prefer to live in human form. It is believed these creatures behave as though they are actual people who love, marry, have children and basically become part of the human community. We mere mortals can never see the past the ruse, however, and can only see these creatures as they really are, ordinary bears, wolves etc.
Each group of animal in the earth realm has it's own special quirk: wolves are considered to be great drummers, Beavers hate humans and are always playing mean tricks, and frogs often befriend certain Underwater realm creatures.
Animals, especially bears and wolves, play a big part in totem pole stories and creation. The animals in this section are a mixture of creatures that actually appear on authentic totem poles and whimsical creatures just for fun.
Totem pole craft patterns and templates may be used for teaching children a variety of crafty skills. These coloring book patterns can easily be applied to scroll saw woodworking to make splendid wooden ornaments and decorations. Totem designs can just as easily be used for embroidery, needlepoint, crochet and other cloth artwork or make impressive-looking latch-hook rugs and wall hangings.
Mythological meanings are commonly attributed to the birds, fish, animals, people and other mythological creatures used in Western tribal arts. Meanings may differ between tribes.
Children can trace the totem pole patterns onto multicolored foam sheets or colorful felt cloth to create soft totems and ethnic theme masks. Create treasured gifts and family heirlooms to hand down to future generations with needlework and embroidery on pillows or tapestry.
Make beautiful eye-catching stunning and colorful sun catchers for the windows. Save the images to your computer and pre-color the images to print onto window decal, magnet sheets and iron-on transfer "paper" or material which is available at any office supply store. Children will enjoy decorating the windows of the home or car with easily removable and transparent window decals. Make Thunderbird and Grizzly Bear and other character magnet totem tokens for children to trade and share.
Print and color these totem characters with Crayola Crayons or Magic markers. Laminate your favorite paper decorations to make permanent or long-lasting ornaments that can be used as unique gifts for relatives and friends.
Because totem pole traditions involve stories of clans and families, this can be a good family reunion project especially for grand parents to accompany discussions about family history.