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Definition of Totem

Totem

  1. A rude picture, as of a bird, beast, or the like, used by the North American Indians as a symbolic designation, as of a family or a clan.

Totem Quotations

A beautiful woman can be painted as a totem only; not as a woman, but as a Madonna, a queen, a sphinx.
Saul Steinberg

You must be absolutely honest and true in the depicting of a totem for meaning is attached to every line. You must be most particular about detail and proportion.
Emily Carr

I will openly admit that I've never really followed hockey. Given my New England upbringing, I have always adhered to the Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins mantra of professional sports fandom, but hockey was definitely the lowest sport on the totem pole - even when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.
Rachel Nichols

When I was in London at NBC, I was the lowest man on the totem pole. I would go to diplomatic receptions to meet people.
Leslie Cockburn

Look at it this way - a totem pole is just a decorated tree. My work is a confessional.
Louise Bourgeois
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Totem Translations

totem in Dutch is totem
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