"I'm thinking of totem poles, cave paintings."

Painting on cave walls is perhaps the earliest form of human art, and examples of cave art in Europe date back more than 30,00 years.   This example (from the Rio Pinturas in Argentina) features typical imagery, such as stylized animal forms and outlines of the human hand.

Cave Art (Argentina)
Creative Commons AttributionCave Art (Argentina) - Credit: Reinhard Jahn

A later form of "invoked" art, the totem pole, flourished among the indigenous peoples of the Northwest in the 19th century.  Totem poles were created for a wide variety of communal purposes--to celebrate, commemorate, and show status.  European newcomers were fascinated by the monumental native art, as shown in this post card.