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Design and build a totem sculpture using animals that represent your family and heritage. Show your true colors with bright Crayola® Color Explosion!
Research the traditions of Native Americans from the Pacific region of North America. People there have an abundance of food from the ocean, so they use natural resources such as trees to create canoes, bowls, utensils, and very large totem poles. Totem poles traditionally show stylized animals that represent family characteristics. For example, a bird’s freedom in flight could represent a family who moved often. The eyes of a wise owl could represent knowledge.
What animal traits describe you and your family? Sketch some that you might include on a totem pole replica with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Look at traditional totem animals to see how stylized the shapes are. Add simple designs that follow these shapes inside any large open areas. Lay your animal sketches on top of Crayola Color Explosion™ paper and trace. Press hard to create a slight impression in the black surface.
Trace over your impressed designs with a Color Explosion marker. Add any new designs you wish. Cut out your totem animals, leaving a thin line of the black edge around each animal.
Cut black construction paper with Crayola Scissors to cover a cardboard tube. Attach the pieces with Crayola School Glue. Use rubber bands to hold the paper until the glue dries.
Glue your animals to one side of your tube, slightly overlapping each one. Totem poles often have a bird at the top and the largest animal at the bottom for balance.
Ask your friends and family to explain why they think you chose the animals you included on your totem.
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