Totem In Town

There is a totem pole in town, near the courthouse. It was a source of entertainment for Chance and I one day.  Far Guy was getting his Drivers License renewed.

IMG_1163

I drive by this totem every once in awhile, yet until I began to photograph it, I had no idea what animals were on it.

IMG_1172

IMG_1171

IMG_1173

The lowest animal on the totem is a wolf..the highest is an eagle just above the owl.

IMG_1179 Ha..you would have missed it..I almost did too..but it is there..it is just not real noticeable.

IMG_1178

This guy is third from the top, I take it that it is a man or is it a monkey?

IMG_1176

The carver had a sense of humor..

IMG_1175

He or she also successfully merged four creatures in this section of the totem..Deer, fish, bird and cat.

I know there is much to be said about totems..my take is that they are artwork..just in a different form.  Sometimes art work is in the form of words..sometimes they compliment each other.

I think I could turn and live with animals, they’re so placid and self contain’d,

I stand and look at them long and long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,

They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,

They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,

Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,

Not one is respectable or unhappy over the earth… Walt Whitman ( from Song Of Myself 1891)

Today is the last day of a fairly long January that brought us more snow than normal, some cold temperatures but nothing out of the ordinary for us people who live in the frozen tundra they call Minnesota.  I hear a large storm is brewing for much of the nation..we are north of that storm..so we will just get a couple of inches of snow and below zero weather. Just another fine day in Minnesota:)

This entry was posted in Art, Minnesota, Winter. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Totem In Town

  1. Avatar of Kay Syvrud Kay Syvrud says:

    I think that one face is a man’s…but I could be wrong (for the first time in my life!)

    You and Chance got a little press in the blog today……I let Miss Kitty write one.

  2. ed wokasch says:

    On saturday while waiting for my granddaughters skating lesson at moorhead sports center I recognized two young ladies walk by; madison and paigeI. Before I realized who they were they were gone. I am a daily reader of your blog,fargo nd.

    • Avatar of farside farside says:

      Hi Ed, You have a skater too! Either figure skating or hockey..both are great skills for young gals to learn. Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading:)