Native American totem pole carvings may symbolise or commemorate ancestors, cultural beliefs that recount familiar legends, clan lineages, or notable events.
The poles may also serve as functional architectural features, welcome signs for village visitors, mortuary vessels for the remains of deceased ancestors, or as a means to publicly ridicule someone. They may embody a historical narrative of significance.
This Trump Tower is a shame pole, depicting President Trump as the figure head sitting proudly above a series of notable events in the run up to and during his presidency.
Shame poles were used for public ridicule and created to embarrass individuals or groups for their unpaid debts or when they did something wrong. The poles are often placed in prominent locations and removed after the debt is paid or the wrong is corrected.
Roll on 2020.