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Raven and Sun Talking Stick
by Herb Rice

Raven and Sun Talking Stick

The Raven represents the Teacher or the Trickster, depending upon whether or not you have learned life's lessons. The Sun represents the life giving force without which nothing on earth can live. The salmon design in the wing of the raven represents the spirit of the salmon or survival, continuity and fertility of body mind and spirit.

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