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December 23, 2012
This 140 foot tall 'TOTEM' pole stands in a Kalama, Washington city park along the Columbia River,
about 30 miles north of Portland, Oregon.  Seen here on December 21, 2012, three other poles of
39, 48, and 73 feet surround the tallest one.

Taken from the plaque describing these poles, the following gives a brief synopsis of them: "The
Pacific Northwest Coast Indians had no written language.  The characters on these totem poles
tell a pictorial story of a clan or tribe." These Indians "regarded particular objects, animals,
plants, birds and even supernatural creatures as special symbols...and embraced their symbol
as belonging entirely to them and identify with it throughout their lives.  It is their 'totem'."

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