The rarest type of totem pole is a mortuary structure that incorporates grave boxes with carved supporting poles or includes a recessed back to hold the grave box. Sarah-MC Dec 7,

Wonderopolis Mar 4, Totem poles were made for different reasons, such as for symbols and to honor someone who has died. Translation of totem for Spanish Speakers Britannica.

We're not sure who carved the very first totem pole or which tribe made it, but we know that it must have been created a very long time ago! We're glad you liked this Wonder about totem poles, Colin, and that you thought the video was especially cool!