A Totem falls along the same lines as a fetish
. It is the picture or object used to signify
a family or a singular person. Totem pole
s are usually the culmination of animal spirit
s that a family associates itself with or uses to symbolize them. The more European
version of this would be the coat of arms
Example: When my parents went to Alaska, they went searching for a ring for me. They found a totem eagle that looks as it has ears, like a griffin, which consequently, is the one creature on our coat of arms. My family totem is the griffin.