The “Talking Stick”

We recently made this “Talking Stick” and have been using it with great success in our home. 

American Indian tribes used “Talking Sticks” for centuries as a tool for active and impartial listening.  The holder of the “Talking Stick” designates the person who has the right to speak and the full attention of the other parties.  The stick is passed to all who wish to be heard and as long as you hold the stick you have the floor until you feel you’ve been completely heard and understood.  A great communication tool from the American Indian that gives a great way for everyone to feel they’ve been heard. 

This also work really well as a “Story Stick” which is used the same way only the holder tells a story or a memory.  To seperate the uses of these tools, you can also decorate and designate a wooden spoon as a “Story Spoon”.  Pass it around the table after dinner and in oral tradition share family stories or memories. 

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~ by SarahT on October 4, 2007.

One Response to “The “Talking Stick””

  1. This reminds me of a ‘walking (story) stick’ craft done by a young girl.
    She found a walking stick from a fallen tree branch. She cleaned off remaining bark and debris. Then she, over time, carved into the stick, life event memories. All done in her own hand, making it very much – her story stick. Small additional embellishments were added at the top by stringing a few colored beads and a feather on a leather strap which was wound onto the stick top.
    Betty

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