Totem is about identity and totem poles and symbols distinguish tribes from each other in certain parts of the world. What is fascinating is that some of these totems made halfway across the globe are remarkably identical in their stylisation.
Who's to say who were the original creators of these marks of identity! Did it crop up simultaneously across the human race - the need to be identified for various reasons or did one start & the rest emulated and copied!
The more we try to look for our differences, the more similarities we shall find.
(Image source: Wikipedia)