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    This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 12 June, 2013.

    talking stick-long


    105cm long/4cm thk (41" long x 1.5" thick) Talking sticks have a long and honoured history for Councils of Indian communities, Bands, or Nations. The leader, or the person who holds the floor, holds the talking stick. When they are finished, when others wish to speak, it would then be passed to them. Alex Mountain has created such a cultural/social instrument that has an elongated hummingbird at the top, and a spiralling grooved base that runs below the hummingbird's head to the remaining ¾ of the length of the piece. The lower tip end is slightly rounded, and can rest easily, without scratching, on any surface. The wood is hemlock, much harder and more difficult to work than the red cedar that Alex Mountain and so many of the other carvers usually use. It has been polished with a brown wax, and buffed to a warm sheen. This talking stick, easily waist-high for many people, would be an asset to any meeting where constructive, positive, sharing of ideas and feelings are called for. Talking sticks are increasingly used by non-Aboriginal groups as well, because of their value for respectful, open, sharing. Alex Mountain's distinctive work of useable art makes an excellent presentation gift -- one that passes on a legacy of cooperative relationships even in the face of diverse and even opposing views. Hemlock --wax/polished

Keywords: Aboriginal art, Indian art, First Nations, Haida, Tsekani, KwAGiulth, Cree, Coast Salish, West Coast, Coastal, British Columbia, BC, Canada, Lower Mainland, North Vancouver, Indian carvings, Indian paintings, carvings, drawings, jewelry, pendants, medallions, crests, clan, painting, carve, street art, online gallery, online store, online shop, shopping, gifts, homeless, Downtown East Side, DTES, Vancouver, poverty, vulnerable, at risk, near homeless, shelters, plaques, awards, fair trade, Marylee Stephenson.


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