Written language is a fairly recent development for the Indians of the Pacific Northwest. Interestingly, they used oral tradition and totem poles to pass along their history from generation to generation. Totem poles visually recorded personal or family stories, they could be used to honor an individual or even to mark a grave site. Totem poles are not used as idols or for worship.
The pattern is black and white so it can be colored. It is available for purchase for a one-time download fee. Print as many patterns as you need for single-classroom or home use. Fits around a standard, cardboard paper towel roll.
Explanation with scripture references are listed, below.
The Creation to Cross Totem Pole records the seven day creation story on one side and the fall to redemption story on the opposite side.
During class-time read the creation and fall account from a child-friendly Bible. Point out that Genesis 3:15 records the first mention that "Someone" will come to defeat our adversary, Satan. Thousands of years later this came true when Jesus defeated Satan by his death and resurrection; thereby providing our redemption and salvation!
Creation: Genesis 1:1-31; 2:1-3
(The first three days God created the spheres. The next three days show what and who inhabit those spheres. For example, on day one God created the heavens and earth, separating the light and the darkness. Then on day four he filled those spheres with the sun and moon. Day one coordinates with day four, day two with day five, and day three with day six.)
Day 1: God created the heavens and the earth. Separated the light, "the day," from the darkness, "the night."
Day 2: Separated the expanse between waters, creating the sky, land, and waters.
Day 3: Created all vegetation and seed bearing plants, according to their kind.
Day 4: Created two great lights, the Sun to govern the day, and the Moon to govern the night.
Day 5: Created creatures of the sea and winged birds, according to their own kind.
(See, totem detail picture.)
Day 6: Created livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to their kind. God also created mankind, in his own image, male and female he created them.
Day 7: God finished his work and rested, he stopped creating. The seventh day was to be holy, that is set apart as a day of rest (Exodus 20:8-11; Psalm 150:1), as well as a day to truly love your neighbor, as Jesus points out when he healed on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:10-12; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 13:10-17).
Fall: Genesis 3:1-24 (See totem detail picture.)
Redemption: Genesis 3:15; John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Revelation 1:5
Order the Creation to Cross Totem Pole pattern.
This craft coordinates well our Bible lesson plans, The Great Promises of the Bible, and with
our online lessons, The Gospel in a Nutshell - John 3:16.
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