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The Talking Stick
The talking stick is utilized in various
ways. The rules are very strict and when adhered to will
bring knowledge and harmony to the participants of the
The first time I saw this in action was the first time I
went to a youth and elder’s conference. This was on the west
coast of Canada. It happened in a long house. A couple was
having difficulty in their marriage.
They were called to the middle and one blanket was draped
over both of them. Four elders were chosen to speak, each in
turn. They were given tobacco and gifts to counsel the
couple. As each was passed the talking stick, which was a
carved staff, they spoke about love, commitment,
consequences of bringing negative thoughts and feelings to
their home, the effects of a split on the children,
spirituality and how to use that for harmony in their home
and many other things.
When they finished, they passed blankets and the talking
stick to them. They were also passed the right to use
certain teachings and medicines.
There were about four hundred people there, and they all
The talking stick can also be used for harmony within
families, special interest groups and corporations. The
process differs, but the result of harmony is the same.
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The talking stick