The Banchory Scouts’ Totem Pole

Date: September 24, 2014

Totem poles are monumental sculptures carved from large trees, usually Red Cedar, by cultures of the indigenous peoples of North America, and the word ‘totem’ means ‘kinship group’.

The meanings of the designs on totem poles are as varied as the cultures that made them.  They may recount familiar legends, clan lineages, or notable events.  Some poles celebrate cultural beliefs, others are just artistic presentations.

The Banchory Scouts’ totem pole symbolises the exchange visits and continuing links between scouts in Banchory and Ontario, Canada including camps in the old hunting grounds of the North American indians.  These began in 1980 when 54 Banchory Scouts and 10 Leaders took part in a pioneering transatlantic expedition for the Troup’s first overseas camp.

This Totem Pole is made from two Red Cedar trees gifted by the Glendye Estate.



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