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Totem poles tell the life stories and history of the people who own the poles. Make up your own mythological meanings to these silly pole people and creatures. Mix these whimsical images with realistic ones to create a unique totem to signify your special totem pole story.
Poles tell stories of life as it was at the time. People carved about their history, status, family and other aspects of their lives. I think if rocket ships, planes, trains and automobiles had existed during the time period Native Americans were carving totem poles and decorating their homes and villages you can be sure they would have been included on the poles..
Some UFO-ologists insist space ships did exist way back then, but that's entirely another matter.
This fun page is simply for imaginative designs that really don't fit into any official category. Children can trace the totem pole patterns onto multicolored foam sheets or colorful felt cloth to create soft totems and ethnic theme masks. Apply these patterns to glass etching techniques or creatively sponge paint stenciling designs to trim your walls or ceramics or decorate wooden furniture. Create treasured gifts and family heirlooms to hand down to future generations with needlework and embroidery on pillows or tapestry.
Make eye-catching sun catchers to hang in the window by applying a thin coat of lemon oil to make the decoration translucent. Pre-color the images to print onto window decal, magnet sheets and iron-on transfer "paper" available at any office supply store.
Trade and share with these little magnetized totem characters to make refrigerator totem pole families. Print onto transparent window decals and make totem pole car window decals. Kids can make, collect or trade magnet totem pole characters.
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.