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low man on the totem pole

The person (not necessarily a man) with the least amount of experience, authority, and/or influence in a social or corporate hierarchy. It can be a little daunting going from being a senior in high school to low man on the totem pole again as a college freshman. I know I'll be low man on the totem pole with this internship, but it will at least give me a place to start in my career!
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low on the totem pole

Having the least amount of experience, authority, and/or influence in a social or corporate hierarchy. The president has made it clear that the environment is low on the totem pole for his administration. I know I'll be low man on the totem pole with this internship, but it will at least give me a place to start in my career!
See also: low, on, pole, totem

high man on the totem pole

Fig. the person at the top of the hierarchy; the person in charge of an organization. I don't want to talk to a vice president. I demand to talk to the high man on the totem pole. Who's in charge around here? Who's high man on the totem pole?
See also: high, man, on, pole, totem

low man on the totem pole

Fig. the least important or lowest-ranking person of a group. I was the last to find out because I'm low man on the totem pole. I can't be of any help. I'm low man on the totem pole.
See also: low, man, on, pole, totem

low man on the totem pole

Low in rank, least important person, as in I just joined the board so I'm low man on the totem pole. This slangy expression is thought to have been invented by the American comedian Fred Allen about 1940 and caught on despite its lack of application to a genuine totem pole.
See also: low, man, on, pole, totem

the low man on the totem pole

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you describe someone as the low man on the totem pole, you mean that they are the least important person in an organization or a group. He is a quality-control coach, the low man on the totem pole of the staff. Note: You can also just say that a person or their position is low on the totem pole. At other studios, those writers who were low on the totem pole were treated rudely. Note: If someone is important in a group or organization, you can say that they or their position is high on the totem pole. Kassam would only say that his job was `high on the totem pole' at the hospital where the disease was found. Note: A `totem pole' is a tall wooden pole with symbols on it, that is a traditional object for Native Americans.
See also: low, man, on, pole, totem
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El totem es en primer lugar el antepasado del grupo; en segundo lugar su espiritu protector y su bienhechor que envia los oraculos y, a pesar de ser peligroso para los demas, conoce y respeta a sus hijos.
Every family has a particular story to tell, and in Native American culture, that story is captured in the carving of the totem pole," Mr.
In Haida belief, it is essential that the mortuary pole (and all types of totem poles) and the human remains be allowed to decompose and return to the earth.
Muggli confesses than an arm on a totem figure turned out longer than the other on that first pole, but the Mugglis were satisfied enough to start another one.
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From Tony Hunt's majestic totem pole to the colorful bent boxes and powerful sculptures, these pieces portray a way of life sacred to a group of people and open a small window into their rich heritage.
Rather it is the very strangeness of the form, its weird animal quality, that is important, marking the site as a special place like a tribal totem.
The first part describes Northwest Coast culture and provides a clear statement of the history of totem pole use.
Before VISA and MasterCard and Lewis and Clark, the Native Americans of the Northwest used "credit cards" in the form of totem poles made of western redcedar.
The sacred object, called a totem (derived from the term used by the Ojibwa Indians), is representative of the kinship group.
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