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Animal Identification in Formline Art

A close up picture of an eagle figure on a totem pole, painted blue, black and red.
Example of Formline art

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Have you ever walked through Sitka National Historical Park and wondered what a certain figure carved into one of the park's totem poles is? Could that be a bear or a wolf? Is that figure a raven or an eagle? Learn to identify these formline characters and gain a greater understanding of the meanings behind these figures by bringing your students to the park to stand in the shadows of these towering totems.


Anthropology, Art
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