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Talking Stick in Frog Base
by Herb Rice

The talking stick with the frog base is a very personal representation. There are four figures in this talking stick which is 5 feet in height and carved in yellow cedar

The Eagle at the top, 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 figure below the Eagle, is a Man holding copper.     This represents wealth.

Below the Man is the Raven.   The Raven represents the trickster or the teacher depending upon whether or not you have learned from life's lessons.

The Bear at the bottom, represents strength and wisdom. The bear is also holding a salmon. The salmon design represents the spirit of the salmon or survival, continuity and fertility of body mind and spirit.

Survival and continuity mixed with 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, which is a frog.

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