John Two Horses gave an explanation of the totem pole. The Native Americans believe that each clan or kinship group is descended from a particular animal, such as a whale, wolf, or bear. Their animal has become the group's totem, a powerful symbol of its identity. Totem poles are an important icon of identity, and the symbols presented within the pole say a great deal about the family, person, or reason for creating the pole. The three animals that represent my culture are the Eagle, the Beaver, and the Bear.
The Eagle is thought to be the strongest of the creatures. Because he has the largest wings and the sharpest eyes, he has become known to rule the sky, and control everything below. He can cause storms with the snap of his beak. He will make lightning, and the sound of his wings make thunder. My culture has a very strong bond, in particular my family culture. We stick together and have control over a lot of venues in life. It takes a lot to make my family upset, but with just one action, we can cause a problem.
The Beaver was friendlier, but if provoked, he could cause flooding of the waters, also has been known to dig pitfalls along streams and rivers thus, drowning and trapping man. We are friendly, but we do have side, if provoked, that can practically stop the world from spinning on its axis. If we are offended or provoked, we don’t have to make a scene, but the consequences of the action can be a dire one.
The Bear was somewhat bipolar, that being he had the ability to change from animal to man and back again. Not to be tampered with or provoked. We can go from mad to happy just with the flip of a switch. We may look all family oriented, but it doesn’t take much to cause an emotional rollercoaster.
In conclusion, my family can be represented by many animals. We are strong like the eagle and stick together. We are friendly like the beaver, but if provoked, can cause uncontrollable damage. We are “bipolar” like the bear with our constant emotional...