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Totem Poles,'Present at the Creation'

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Totem Poles,'Present at the Creation'

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Totem Poles,'Present at the Creation'

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Since they were first noticed by European explorers in the 1700s, totem poles may have been misunderstood as frightening statues worshipped as gods. But some say early totem poles were actually billboards for powerful native families, announcing the privileges they enjoyed. NPR's Robert Smith traces the history of totem poles for the Present at the Creation series.

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