Both in its symbolic meaning of a protector and as a representative of spiritual matters, the totem pole suggests strength and power.

In a dream a totem pole can link us back to a very basic human need for protection.

It is not the protection afforded by a father, but by those natural forces whose energy is powerful enough to be used by us. You might also like to consult the entry for native american in indigenous peoples as well as the information on spiritual imagery in the introduction.