- Carve out some time for the Wood Carving merit badge, By Mark Ray, From the November-December 2018 issue of Scouting magazine
Native American Totem Poles
- Totem Poles - American History - Native America
Poles from Canada
Totem poles (Haida: gyáaʼaang) - Wikipedia
- "Canada -Totem poles - Haida tribe - Nat Geo Kids - video (on You Tube)
- G’psgolox totem pole - 1872, British Columbia, Canada - Wikipedia
Poles from Alaska
Prince of Wales Island 1901
NPS photo (US Goverrment)
Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St Louis in 1904
- 15 Tlingit and Haida totem poles, two Haida houses on display - estimated 18-plus million exposition visitors
- “Totem poles”, Siska National Historical Park - NPS.gov > Park Home > Learn About the Park > History & Culture > Totem Poles
NPS photo (US government)
Scouting wood carving hobby
Build a totem pole to be erected at the summer camp
I am not sure when totem poles were first used by youth programs in the United States of America. First appearance in BSA may have been 1929 or earlier.
- Scouting for Boys*, by Robert Baden-Powell, 1908 (Dover book), “POCAHONTAS; or, THE CAPTURE OF CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH” play has illustrations of Scouts dressed as warriors and the chief, but no totem pole.
Boy Scouts of America Service Library - Series D, “Totem poles - A happy hobby for boys”, by Robert W. de Groat, with drawings by the author, No. 3196, Copyright 1929, Boy Scouts of America.
Drawing, part of book cover, by Robert W. de Groat, Copyright 1929, Boy Scouts of America.
Bill_W note: Need to find and review the “authentic totem poles arranged by tribe” chapter in de Groat (1929) book.
Totemism (religious and non-religious views)
How totemism is described varies by the author (religious or non-religious)