But as the U.S. killed all those leaders, the strikes continued and began working their way down the totem pole.
As low man on the totem pole, I was relegated to the day shift.
That is something I look at as a totem of what movies used to be.
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.