Totems and Caryatids

The totem pole and the caryatid are two art forms that I have used to  tell a short visual message about the labor of love. Traditionally, the totem pole depict the family tree of a tribe within Pacific Coast Indigenous peoples. The word totem comes from the Ojibwa (Chippewa) word meaning his kinship. The caryatid is a female figure sculpted into a supportive architectural element that appears under the entablature of ancient Greek buildings. The totem pole is a vertical presentation of the accumulated family history and the caryatid will hold a large vase or appear in a  building façade. In both cases they carry a great weight both literally and figuratively speaking.