Human characters can be family members, chiefs, wives, children as well as animals masquerading as human. People can also be both human and spiritual beings. Ghost People are wolves who transform into shadowy people to attend ceremonies. Ghost people are great drummers, or so the legends say.
Powerful grizzly bear characters with human-like qualities might represent the clan of the people who carved the totem pole. Frog characters might represent slaves or children. Women frequently are distinguished by a labret in their lower lip and often depicted embracing a child or children.
People play a primary part in totem pole stories and creation. Totem poles tell the life stories and history of the people who own the poles. The term "low man on the totem pole," was thought to mean lowest in rank or importance, however, actual pole design is made with little regard for any hierarchy in the order of character arrangement. Most of the people in this section actually appear on authentic totem poles with a few whimsical ones just for fun.
Totempole craft patterns and templates may be used for teaching children a variety of crafty skills. These coloring book patterns can easily be applied to scrollsaw woodworking to make splendid wooden ornaments and decorations. Totem designs can just as easily be used for embroidery, needlepoint, crochet and other cloth artwork or make impressive-looking latch-hook rugs and wall hangings.
Print and color these totem characters with Crayola Crayons or Magic markers. Laminate your favorite paper decorations to make permanent or long-lasting ornaments that can be used as unique gifts for relatives and friends.
Children can trace the totempole patterns onto multicolored foam sheets or colorful felt cloth to create soft totems and ethnic theme masks. Create treasured gifts and family heirlooms to hand down to future generations with needlework and embroidery on pillows or tapestry.
Make beautiful eye-catching stunning and colorful sun catchers for the windows. Save the images to your computer and pre-color the images to print onto window decal, magnet sheets and iron-on transfer "paper" or material which is available at any office supply store. Children will enjoy decorating the windows of the home or car with easily removable and transparent window decals. Make Thunderbird and Grizzley Bear and other character magnet totem tokens for children to trade and share.
Apply these patterns to glass etching techniques or creatively sponge paint stenciling designs to trim your walls or ceramics or decorate wooden furniture.