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The Lummi Nation has planned a 27-day, 13-stop tour with a totem pole designed to honor Lolita, which will end with a two-day event in Miami on May 23 and 24.
Look at the lower-end of the totem pole and a pattern emerges: many of the actors are minorities and, oddly, many of the names have earned critical acclaim for their roles, but their pay doesn’t seem to be commensurate with their cultural impact.
Aisle after aisle of crabs stacked atop each other like totem poles, tables with fish sprawled across every inch, cutting boards where women with machetes skin poisonous blowfish and slice out the meat.
One weathered totem pole after another appears, a towering cedar menagerie of killer whales, ravens, beavers and bears, tilted and vulnerable.
Seated in the open air next to his seaside home, he is surrounded by the smell of fresh cedar shavings littered around a giant totem pole, his latest project.
The totem poles weigh 2,000 pounds not 20,000 pounds.
As of now, the likes of Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech and Washington appear to be on the low end of the totem pole.
But the vast majority of the time, the position of dogcatcher—considered the lowest of the low on the political totem pole—has simply been the butt of jokes.
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First Known Use of totem pole
TOTEM POLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of totem pole for English Language Learners
: a tall usually wooden pole that is carved and painted with symbols, figures, or masks which represent different Native American tribes
—used to describe someone's position or level in a company or organization
TOTEM POLE Defined for Kids
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