Make a Totem Pole from a paper towel tube.
Totem poles are made by the Tlingit Indians of the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. Traditionally, each Totem Pole tells the story of a Native American family’s ancestral spirits and family history (pictured in human and animal form). They depict the spirits as people, mythical beasts, and wildlife treasured by the Tlingit Tribe. These huge, wooden poles often show the: bald eagle, moose, beaver, otter, mountain goat, wolf, whale, porpoise, seal, sea lion, and salmon.
- A paper towel tube
- Crayons, tempera paint, or markers
- Brown construction paper (a few sheets)
- Tape, White glue
- Optional – 2 popsicle sticks
Optional: Glue 2 popsicle sticks to the base so that your Totem Pole stands upright. Hot glue works well for this.