Top-Notch Festival Totems from 2015

Article by: Graham Berry|@Festival_Writer

Wed November 25, 2015 | 00:00 AM

There's something to be said about a good festival totem. They simplify the process of locating your squad while simultaneously serving as lightning rods for cosmic energy on the dance floor.

You may already know that totems have been around for centuries. They were used by warriors to fly flags as they marched into battle in the Bronze Age. Totems are also used by Native American and African tribes to mark and identify sacred spaces. It seems that, across cultures, totems hold remarkable spiritual significance. So when we look to festival culture and the ways we connect with our friends at these events, it’s fun to imagine the forces at work that inspire such authentic displays of creativity – or what they can teach us if we take the time to listen.

We gathered up some of our favorites to inspire you to up your totem game.

Lightning In A Bottle   Soodyod Cloud Totem

Lucidity   Alyssa Keys Give Thanks Totem

Photo by: Alyssa Keys at Lucidity

Desert Hearts   Robert Nadel Girl Power Totem

Photo by: Robert Nadel at Desert Hearts 

What The Festival 2015 Daniel Zetterstrom Kraken Totem.Jpg

Firefly 2015 Joe Papeo Morganfreeman

Wakarusa 2015 Stephen Ironside   09

Outside Lands Festival 2015 Kristina Bakrevski   06

Bonnaroo 2015 Marco Sanchez   03

Photo by: Marco Sanchez at Bonnaroo

Beyond Wonderland 2015 Chris Hong   07

Eamon Armstrong Soo Good Boom Town Fair Metamorphograph

Photo by: Metamorphograph at Boomtown Fair