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Sun Raven Talking Stick in Serpent Base
by Herb Rice

The talking stick is essential to the cultural life of the Coast Salish. This talking stick is 5 feet in height, carved in yellow cedar. There are two figures and a salmon motif carved on this stick. As a whole, this stick represents the story of the Raven rescuing the sun.

The top figure is the Raven. The Raven represents the trickster or the teacher depending upon whether or not you have learned from life's lessons. For front and back close up views of the Raven, Click Here

Beneath the raven is the Sun. To see a front view close-up of the sun Click Here.

Beneath the sun is a salmon motif. The two Salmon represent survival continuity and fertility of body mind and spirit. The First Nations of the coast were dependent on the Salmon for their staple food. To see a closeup of the salmon motif, Click Here.

The Talking Stick can be removed from it's base, which is a serpent.

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