Presentation on theme: "Native American Talking Stick The Native American Talking Stick was used by councils to keep order and allow everyone time to present their Sacred Point."— Presentation transcript:
Native American Talking Stick The Native American Talking Stick was used by councils to keep order and allow everyone time to present their Sacred Point of View Colors on the stick had meaning: – Red for life – Yellow for knowledge – Blue for prayer and wisdom – White for spirit – Purple for healing – Orange for kinship – Black for clarity or focus
Ornamentation on the talking stick The tree from which it was made was important: – Birch for truth – White Pine for peace – Cedar for cleansing – Aspen for seeing clearly – Elm for wisdom – Mountain Ash for protection – Cherry for love or strong emotion – Oak for strength – Maple for gentleness
Ornamentation for Talking Sticks Feathers had special meaning: – Eagle for high ideals viewed from the “eagle’s eye” – Owl for stopping deception from entering the sacred space of the council Skins used on the stick had meaning: – Elk for physical fitness – Deer for gentleness – Rabbit for listening abilities – Horse hair for perseverance – Wrapping a snake skin around the stick prevented illnesses of the mind and spirit to adversely affect the council
Meaning of the Talking Stick Each chief would make his unique stick from the particular tree, skin, and colors depending what his council would be discussing. The stick was passed to each person who wanted to speak on the issue. **Try using the talking stick during this unit for speaking privileges.
Making a Talking Stick (optional) Native American Talking Stick Use a talking stick to keep order in your group meeting. The talking stick was used by Native Americans to show who had the right to speak. The chief would hold the talking stick and begin the discussion, We would pass the talking stick to the next speaker. Only the individual holding the stick could speak.
Making a Talking Stick You Need: Stick 1 Yard Suede Cord One Yellow Pony Bead symbolizes sunrise (The East) One Red Pony Bead symbolizes sunset (The West) One White Pony Bead symbolizes snow (The North) One Green Pony Bead symbolizes grass (The South) 1" Strip of Faux Fur as a reminder to speak softly
Making a Talking Stick Feather as a reminder to be wise as an eagle Bear Claw Bead as a reminder to be strong like bear Tacky Glue Scissors Instructions: Cut a 1" x 6" strip of faux fur. Wrap it around the end of a stick gluing in place. Wrap the bottom with a piece of suede cord to secure. Trim. On the other end, wrap another piece of suede cord securing one end and leaving the other end dangling. Tie on a bear claw bead. Slide on the pony beads. Dab the end of a feather in glue and push it up into the bottom pony bead. Courtesy of Making Friends.com