Totem comes to us from Ojibwa, an Algonquian language spoken by an American Indian people from the regions around Lake Superior.

In its most specific sense, "totem" refers to an emblematic depiction of something of worship from a family or tribe, that often serves as a reminder of its ancestry.

Over the years, these totems have changed, and it may be possible that in the process, their meanings have changed as well.

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