A dear friend is getting hitched this week so I thought a family portrait would make a nice gift. After thinking for a while, it came to me–
Ask each person in the family what their favorite critter is and sketch them with some unique add-ons in the shape of a totem pole.
Historically, totems often represented the family’s genealogy with patron spirits intermingled between the relatives. However, not all is historically sound. A thunder bird is quite inaccurate to the true totems of Native Americans in Western America. But, as in-accurate as a thunder bird on top a totem pole is, I went ahead and put soon-to-be dad right on top, arms stretched out. How could I not?! He chose a flying squirrel, people. LOL! Quite often elders were near the bottom holding everyone up. I know, I know- what about the whole “bottom of the totem pole” cliche? Well, research showed me that is kind of a farce and just 19th century american’s lack of understanding.
Any who, so here’s a poor picture of it. I need to scan it and will this weekend. Cheers!