Sunday, July 11, 2010

Totem poles

All around the world there are communities that have traditionally made totem poles. totem2
It has been said that the story a totem pole tells is like a poem. Many things are said with only a few words.
The meanings of the designs on totem poles are as varied as the cultures which produce them. Some have spiritual connotations. Some are merely artistic endeavours.

Stories and events  depicted in the symbolic poles are passed down to new generations. In this way, totem poles  preserve  cultural and social histories.

My totem poles evoke family stories and events. They depict old traditions and indicate future directions.They encapsulate symbolism and artistic endeavour. Their meanings are very fluid.
Till  soon.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Chris, I just logged on to see what has been happenning while I was away...lots, I see. I made a pilgrimage to Leura in the Blue Mountains to buy "The Water Lily' for you from the Megalong Book Shop; sadly it's out of print. However, the book shop owner said she seek out a second hand copy. The photos of Jyp's house are really interesting. Kathy