A totem is a symbol for a group of people such as a family or a tribe. It is a spirit being, sacred object or a symbol. A totem can be a reminder of mythic past. In a totem pole the symbols, often animals, mark characters or events in a story.
An eagle is a symbol of immortality. It is also believed to be the king of the skies and symbolizes courage, power and strength. A wolf is a symbol of high sense of loyalty and strength. In a totem pole it also has a meaning of intelligence and generosity. A salmon symbolizes wisdom and rebirth. It is also a mark of overcoming obstacles and returning home. The arrangement of these totem animals in a pole is important and the meaning of the whole pole only comes alive when interacted with the people looking at it.