THE TALKING STICK
In this day and age we all should have a "Talking Stick".
The closest thing we have to this is a moderator now....and
Anyway, when natives went to either men's circles or women's
circles, because they had something they wished to discuss,
or anytime at a council meeting when things needed to be
discussed, the simplest way to be sure no one started
talking or shouting over each other and everyone talking at
once was the 'TALKING STICK'. This kept things orderly.
The rules of the Talking Stick were very simply and VERY
Everyone would sit in a circle and the person chosen to
begin the talks would hold the talking stick giving that
person the floor to speak uninterrupted. NO ONE dared to
speak till that person holding the stick then passed it to
the person next to him or her in a clockwise manner...then
ONLY that person could speak...this kept going on till
eveyone had a chance to hold the talking stick and speak
their piece...keeping things very orderly, and giving
everyone a chance to be heard.
There was NO time limit as to how long someone could
talk...and if you wanted to address something they said best
you have a good memory about it as there is no pencils,
pens, notepads etc. to jot things down.
Talking sticks were generally made of just about anything
and sometimes in a hurry you used just about anything.
Ceremonial talking sticks most often were kept short for
ease of passing, and holding.
Some were elaborately decorated and some were kept simple.
Here are just a few pictures of some "talking sticks"
Talking Stick and Fancy Talking Stick
Assorted Talking Sticks