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Williams Township Totem Poles

 
 
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By Alan Edelson, August 28, 2016
1. Williams Township Totem Poles Marker
Inscription. The southeast coast of Alaska Indians, the Tlingit and Haida Groups, enjoyed a rich tradition of stories and myths passed down orally from one generation to the next which helped to create and develop totem poles. Totem poles were carved and erected for different purposes or occasions. None of them involved worship in any sense. Some were memorial poles erected to honor important individuals upon their deaths or to commemorate a particular event. Whatever the type of pole, the dramatic carving on the column served to remind the native viewers of events, people, and legends from their collective history. With no written language, this was a significant contribution to the continuation of the culture. Totem poles are "story poles" only in the sense that the figures carved on them acted as symbols or memory aids to remind the story teller of the principal characters and events he was relating. After seeing several totem poles on one of my first trips to the northwest, I thought it would be a novelty to have one at home in Williams Township. The only way I could do that was to make one. In 1971 I did just that. Carved from an oak tree, after some time it showed signs of deterioration so I decided to replace it with two new ones. This time I made them with some more lasting material - concrete. That's what you are looking at now.
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Williams Township Totem Poles Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, August 28, 2016
2. Williams Township Totem Poles Marker
J. Rankin, 1998
 
Erected 1998.
 
Location. 40° 38.176′ N, 75° 13.554′ W. Marker is in Williams Township, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Marker is on Browns Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Easton PA 18042, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maurice K. Goddard (approx. 1.9 miles away); Life Along The Canal (approx. 1.9 miles away); Mules and Men (approx. 1.9 miles away); Lehigh Canal (approx. 1.9 miles away); Pennsylvania Canal (approx. 1.9 miles away); Delaware Canal (approx. 1.9 miles away); Carpentersville (approx. 2 miles away in New Jersey); The Riegelsville Academy and Public Library (approx. 3.2 miles away).
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2016, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2016, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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