Your totems were a whole variety, and it’s kind of crazy they’re such a small part of being a shaman now.
You had fire totems as mainly offense–working sort of like DoTs, AoEs, makeshift minions (before adding actual fire elementals/etc). Water for mostly healing/mana regen/that kind of stuff. Earth for increased defense/strength (when you had use for it once upon a time), that kind of thing–also tremor totem. Air for agility enhancement/windfury/that stuff.
It’s just a different class now without them. You’ll get some back, though it’ll never be like it was–most spells were totems. And in a way, you should be thankful–it required an addon for management (for me, anyway). And so much more clicking than people do in WoW these days. At the same time, you lost so much utility without them–this is relevant to why shaman is an easy target in PvP.