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A totem pole is a large carving, often made out of a tree, that depicts symbols or figures. They are usually made by various First Nations and Indigenous peoples around Canada and the United States.

I have heard that these poles may be considered Avodah Zarah, presumably as objects of worship, which may or may not be true. Alternatively, perhaps the depictions on them are depicting people or other images which may be forbidden. Are there any sources or Poskim that discuss if these are to be treated as Avodah Zarah, and why?

For example, this answer at Hidabroot declares them to be Avodah Zarah, whereas this blogpost declares them to be not Avodah Zarah.

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    Years ago, I frequently davened Mincha in a kosher cafe that had a huge wall mural depicting a Hawaaian Beach. On the side of the mural was a black square. The owner had blacked out a picture of a totem pole b/c it was considered A'Z and the mural was in the direction people faced while davening the Amidah. – DanF Dec 18 '18 at 3:10

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