Why were totem poles made?

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Totem poles are made to represent the families or tribes of the native Americans. These poles were made from cedar trees, painted and placed near the house or in the forest.
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Here are the steps on how totem poles are made. Plan at a meeting of elders, sponsors, and master carver. Find a clear red cedar tree with few knots and imperfections. Master carver
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With their striking designs and colors, totem poles are bold statements of the identities and stories of the people who carved them. A totem pole generally served one of four purposes
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