Talking Stick

By Gordon Clayton

Gordon Clayton is an artist from the Nisgha Valley. The animals portrayed are the eagle, bear, and raven. Each of these animals are primary figures of great importance to the Nisgha people celebrated in their art, song, and dance. The Talking Stick was traditionally a symbol of importance used by chiefs. Whom ever held their Talking Stick at gatherings was then granted the right to speak without interruption. This protocol is still practiced at Native gatherings today.

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