Origin of totem
Examples from the Web for totemic
Diversity is largely accepted and encouraged, but lacks the totemic significance assigned to it by boomer activists.The Myth of the Republican Party’s Inevitable Decline|Joel Kotkin|April 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Maybe it's the sheer volume of scandals on the landscape today, robbing any one of its totemic power to shock and dismay voters.
MOCA traditionally involves a totemic artist with these events.
Perhaps the Navaho and Apaches never had totemic names for their exogamous local groups.
Now these totemic centres are surely the consecrated places where the meetings of the clan are held.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life|Emile Durkheim
In the latter region the totemic institutions and myths are not those of South-Eastern Australia.
As has already been stated, the beginning of the totemic age is not marked by any essential change in external culture.
The totemic age possessed no cities, and it likewise lacked temples.
Word Origin for totem
animal or natural object considered as the emblem of a family or clan, 1760, from Algonquian (probably Ojibwa) odoodeman "his sibling kin, his group or family," hence, "his family mark;" also attested in French c.1600 in form aoutem among the Micmacs or other Indians of Nova Scotia. Totem pole is 1808, in reference to west coast Canadian Indians.
An animal, plant, or other object in nature that has a special relationship to a person, family, or clan and serves as a sign for that person or group.
see low man on the totem pole.