The clan whose kinship is defined in reference to such an object or creature.
Origin of totem
Ojibwa nindoodemmy totem
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
from Ojibwe (o)doodem(an)
Totem Sentence Examples
He was one of the founders of the study of " Psychical Research," and his other writings on anthropology include The Book of Dreams and Ghosts (1897), Magic and Religion (1901) and The Secret of the Totem (1905).
This tribe may legally marry within the totem, but always avoids such unions.
Among the Caribs a like social order prevailed; indeed, their family system is identical with the totem system of North American Indians.
Each spirit, as it quits its nanja or natural haunt to enter the mother, drops a churinga, a slab of stone or wood marked with the child's totem and containing its spirit attributes.
The warrior painted the story of conflicts on his robe only in part, to help him recount the history of his life; the Eskimo etched the prompters of his legend on ivory; the Tlinkit carved them on his totem post; the women fixed them in pottery, basketry, or blankets.