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Eagle Bear Talking Stick in Turtle Base
by Herb Rice

The Eagle, Bear talking stick with the turtle base is a very personal representation. It is 2 feet in height carved in yellow cedar. There are two figures, the Eagle and the Bear.

The Eagle represents: Freedom and Vision. Freedom is acknowledging your own freedom first as an individual, then once you become strong in this you share your knowledge with your environment around you.     Vision is knowing that each life decision you make will effect 7 generations of your people.

The salmon design in the wing of the eagle represents the spirit of the salmon or survival, continuity and fertility of body mind and spirit.

The Bear below the eagle represents strength and wisdom, the bear is also holding a salmon behind its back. In this depiction the bear is also called the laughing bear, it is holding the salmon behind it and saving it for another day.

Survival and continuity mixed the strength and wisdom bring about new birth in its own time, when it is ready.

The Talking Stick can be removed from it's base.

In Herb's Coast Salish culture, the talking stick represented the Family Crest and was only used in very formal occasions.

A more contemporary use of the talking stick, is within small groups, organizations, family where the individual holding the talking stick is the only one with the right to speak. When speaking the holder of the taking stick must honor all present, including him or herself.

This stick and the interpretation are the creation of the artist, Herb Rice

Contact: hjrice@coastsalishjourney.com