Native Americans: Totem Poles
These sites have photographs and information on totem poles. Learn about the significance of this art from the Northwest Native Americans. Includes the Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Haida tribes in Alaska and Canada. Includes hands-on totem pole activities and a lesson plan. There is a link to eThemes Resource on Literature: “Touching Spirit Bear” by Ben Mikaelson.
Wonderopolis: What is a Totem Pole?
This site provides a brief video about totem poles, directions on making an original totem pole and vocabulary words.
WatchKnowLearn: Native American Totem Poles
Watch this brief and informative video about totem poles. Native American artists are shown carving totem poles.
Enchanted Learning: Totem Pole Craft
Here is a craft for building your own totem pole. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Virtual Museum of Canada: Image Gallery
View several photographs of totem poles.
Restoration of Totem Pole
Find out how an old totem pole was restored. Click on different sections of the totem pole to see photographs.
Totem Poles: An Exploration
Learn all about totem poles. Learn about fake vs. real ones, and find out what they mean. Scroll down or click on the headings at the top.
Haida: Spirit of the Sea
Here is an online picture book about a Haida family and the first totem pole.
ThinkQuest: Totem Poles of the Northwest
This ThinkQuest tells about totem poles, their meaning, and how they are made. Includes stories about totem poles. "Map" tells a little about the different tribes who made totem poles.
Carving at Skidegate
See the process of a totem pole being carved. Photos of the steps are included.
Animal Tribe Totems
Find out special meaning of each animal and animal wisdom related totems pole.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "Touching Spirit Bear" by Ben Mikaelson
These websites are about the book "Touching Spirit Bear" and author Ben Mikaelson. Included are links to the book themes of anger, forgiveness, Spirit Bears, and the Native American Tlingit tribe. There are activities, lesson plans, photographs, book reviews, and more. Check out the related eThemes of Totem Poles, Native American Culture, and the Mark Twain Literature Award Nominees of 2003-2004.