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What Is a Talking Stick? Let's Make One!© Ages 8 -11

Traditional tribal talking sticks were decorated with feathers and more then used at gatherings so everyone who wanted to, had a chance to speak uninterrupted. But students can choose any number of things to decorate theirs in this class.
Marina Naples
324 total reviews for this teacher
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25 minutes
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year olds
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Students will learn the history of the talking stick, how it is used.  They will also learn the importance of listening to others by allowing others to speak uninterrupted, how to "be heard" when it's their turn to speak. Through this they will also learn empathy and seeing things through another's eyes and heart.
 I've been teaching children how to meditate for many years through my Meeting IKE Series for Children method (IKE is their Inner Knowledge Elf). I was raised in a holistic, metaphysical, spiritual home, attended the Association for Research and Enlightenment children's camp and returned as an adult as a special guest instructor teaching my method.  My mother is Carol Ann Liaros who has taught, presented, and lectured at the A.R.E. for many decades.  Additional information regarding my credentials can be found in my Teachers Bio. My dear friend, Michael Bastine, is an Algonquin elder, healer, storyteller, spiritual teacher, and author who I discussed this class with and his resume can be found here: 
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Any stick of their choosing. Let them feel drawn to their stick on their own. Length to be at least eight inches but can be up to eighteen inches. Soften edges with sandpaper and bark removed is best. A thick wooden dowel may also be used. Also needed are decorative items so they can decorate their talking stick and can be any combination of the following (again, student's choice): ribbons, suede or leather strips, feathers, beads, string or beading wire for the beads & cutter for for the wire (or parents can cut it for them). Dead wood that has fallen from trees or driftwood make interesting sticks. Pretty seeds, milkweed pods, and feathers that have been dropped by birds (but cleaned well) make good decorations. Also needed: tacky craft glue, hot glue and glue gun (older children) or quick set glue or decorative tape, acrylic paints & paint brushes (optional but not required), paper towels or cloth rag. I suggest newspaper or cardboard to place on table to put all items on to protect the table. An old t-shirt to wear over clothing if using paints is suggested. Photos of various talking sticks are attached to this class to offer creative ideas.
25 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Marina Naples
Lives in the United States
Fun Higher Whole Brain Learning for ages six to eighteen
324 total reviews
530 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  I am an instructor, published author, and business owner.


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