Synonyms for totem

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"'The totem will not let the redmen do wrong,'" he quoted mentally.

The spirits that come from the Silver Waters are not the spirits that the totem called.

Pale-face—he sleep, but he wake soon when Red Fox make sign of totem.

The totem may also be a vegetable, in which case no member of the stock will gather or eat it.

He stroked his hand over the totem mark on the cant dog handle.

We found her resident in heaven, we found her worshipped, we found her as the totem of a clan.

Every warrior has his crest, which is called his totem, and is painted on his tombstone.

The tod, or fox, is their totem, and him they diligently pursue.'

Every man belonged to the totem of his mother and was akin to everybody in it.

For the Potawatamies it was lawful to kill and eat the totem.

WORD ORIGIN

animal or natural object considered as the emblem of a family or clan, 1760, from Algonquian (probably Ojibwa) odoodeman "his sibling kin, his group or family," hence, "his family mark;" also attested in French c.1600 in form aoutem among the Micmacs or other Indians of Nova Scotia. Totem pole is 1808, in reference to west coast Canadian Indians.

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