A totem is an object representing an animal or plant that serves as an emblem of a group of people, such as a family or clan.
Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, and many other cultures around the world, carve these beautiful works of art.
This colorful totem is in Alaska.
Taiwan is the home of this complex masterpiece.
Closer to home, on a morning jog this past summer on July 4th, I discovered the “Totem of the Beach Clan.”
To many, this may look like a collection of junk and debris tossed aside on the beach. However, after closer inspection, I maintain it represents a totem. The beaches on St. Simons Island are pristine, because locals and visitors go out of their way to keep them that way. But strangely, someone used this dead tree to make a statement with flotsam and jetsam.
Yes, there are mismatched flip-flops, and a few pairs of sunglasses, but there are also three American Flags, one of which is at half-mast. Obviously, this display is no accident.
Thinking that this was one of those wacky summer vacation stunts, I was surprised to find the the tree decorated for Christmas.
And yesterday (Valentine’s Day), I was pleased to see all the new holiday decorations. I’m anxious to see what happens on St. Patricks Day.
So it appears that the totem is even more significant than I initially thought. It will take a bit more research to discover who’s responsible, and I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, welcome to the Lands of the Beach Clan.
2. Ketchikan Alaska Totem By Jeremy Keith via Wikimedia Commons
3. Formosa Aboriginal Totems By Bernard Gagnon via Wikimedia Commons