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By Robert De Groat

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THE LURE OF TOTEM LORE

totem00a.gif (18813 bytes)Do you like to whittle? Would you like to learn? Now is the chance. Every little trick in carving poles, both small and large, is included in this book.

By the time you are half way through it, you should have two-thirds of the little pole--the one you've always wanted for your dresser-finished. It really is simple, when it everything is explained step by step with plenty of clearly illustrated ideas. All your Patrol totems are included right in this book.

Perhaps you want to make some other kind of object--a tray, or a thunder bird for your fire-by-friction set, or even a large Patrol or Troop totem pole for your Council Ring. The possibilities are endless. We merely suggest enough to get you started. It takes only a few hours to finish a small object.

totem01b.jpg (65670 bytes)If anyone tries to tell you that the Indians worshipped totem poles you can tell them they are mistaken, for noted authorities state clearly that totemism is not a religion. It is the identification of a man with his totem, whether his totem be an animal, a plant or what not. It is a serious, though apparently common mistake to speak of a totem as a god and to say that it is worshipped by the clan.

In pure totemism among the aborigines, the totem is never a god and is never worshipped. A man no more worships his totem and regards it as his god than he worships his father and mother, or brother and sister, and regards them as his gods. He certainly respects his totem and treats it with consideration, but the respect and consideration which he pays to it are the same that he pays to his friends and relatives; hence when his totem is an edible animal or plant, he commonly, but not always, abstains from killing and eating it, just as he abstains from killing his friends and relatives.

MODERN ADAPTATIONS AND USES

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IN CAMP

bulletPatrol totems, Patrol tent.
bulletHeadquarters building-interior decorations on beams over mantle, or on corner posts.
bulletEntrance posts, bulletin boards, gateways, sign posts.
bulletCouncil ring.
bulletCentral feature in Older Boy ceremonial ring.
bulletBulletin board supports and frame.
bulletLeader's or Campmaster's Den.
bulletIndian Village Longhouse (built on a small scale, using poles, as in the Haida and Longhouse of the eastern Indians).
bulletMess hall.
bulletWeather vanes.
bulletMain rafters in camp museum.
bulletTrading post.
bulletHandicraft lodge.
bulletTomahawks.

IN WINTER QUARTERS

bulletTroop den (possibly taken from camp, or miniatures).
bulletPatrol dens (Patrol totem and individual miniatures).
bulletHeadquarters.
bulletDecorations in Community House.
bulletDecorations in Community City Hall.
bulletCraftsmanship gifts.
bulletScout staves inscribed with individual records.
bulletBird houses.
bulletBird supports for houses or bird baths.
bulletMarkers: Highway to camp, etc., sites, historic spots.
bulletRFD letter boxes.
bulletGarden decorations.
bulletBack of Mask Showing Rough Chiseling and Chipping

See Also:

Woodcraft Totem Poles

Dan Beard's Totem Animals 

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