Reptiles and amphibians are as much at home on land as they are in water and these creatures easily slip between realms whenever the occasion arises. The snake, for instance, is usually associated with the Earth realm while the frog sits squarely over both Underwater and Earth realms.
Turtles are said to pay attention to earthly things and keep their feet on the ground. The frog is associated with the bringing of great fortune or even wealth. Frogs can survive volcanic eruptions. Frogs hang out with royalty such as Copper Woman of the Underwater realm. Never, never insult a frog.
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.
Apply these patterns to glass etching techniques or creatively sponge paint stenciling designs to trim your walls or ceramics or decorate wooden furniture.
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.
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 and genealogy.