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Navajo, Sious, Talking Stick, Ceremony, Ceremonial, CounselNavajo and Cherokee Ceremonial Talking Sticks and Rattles
 
For centuries Native Americans have used a simple method of keeping order at council meetings. Only one person is allowed to talk at a time. The speaker is determined by who holds the Talking Stick. As the Talking Stick is passed to each person in the council, all members get to give their opinion equally and without interruption. Often a time limit is set for each oration in order to further encourage a fair representation of opinions. The Stick carries with it the respect for free speech. The words that are spoken should come from the heart and be soft and warm (Rabbit Fur) and be courageous and wise (Eagle Feather). The Beads remind us that Great Spirit hears the message of the heart as well as the spoken word. 
 
Different Tribes use rattles now as they have for generations. They often carry symbols from the plant, animal and mineral kingdom. Although not all tribes used drums most did use rattles throughout history. 
Each Tribe had their own way of making rattles, using antler and wood amongst other things. 
Popularly rawhide was used decorated with varying patterns and symbols in colors and designs.  They were handcrafted works of art used as a part of music, dance, medicine spirituality.
 

Navajo Dance Rattle - Bear
Overall length of rattle about 6-7 inches. This length excludes leather tassels.
The round rattle head is made from leather, moulded, set and then hand painted by the artist and then coated to protect. They have a crystal on the stem secured with buckskin. These rattles are lightly filled with corn with a leather cord for hanging or to carry with. Each one also has a small signed certificate of authenticity attached.
Price: £17.50
Navajo Dance Rattle - Buffalo White
Overall length of rattle about 6-7 inches. This length excludes leather tassels.
The round rattle head is made from leather, moulded, set and then hand painted by the artist and then coated to protect. They have a crystal on the stem secured with buckskin. These rattles are lightly filled with corn with a leather cord for hanging or to carry with. Each one also has a small signed certificate of authenticity attached.
Price: £17.50
Navajo Dance Rattle - Buffalo Black
Overall length of rattle about 6-7 inches. This length excludes leather tassels.
The round rattle head is made from leather, moulded, set and then hand painted by the artist and then coated to protect. They have a crystal on the stem secured with buckskin. These rattles are lightly filled with corn with a leather cord for hanging or to carry with. Each one also has a small signed certificate of authenticity attached.
Price: £17.50
Navajo Dance Rattle - White Bear
Overall length of rattle about 6-7 inches. This length excludes leather tassels.
The round rattle head is made from leather, moulded, set and then hand painted by the artist and then coated to protect. They have a crystal on the stem secured with buckskin. These rattles are lightly filled with corn with a leather cord for hanging or to carry with. Each one also has a small signed certificate of authenticity attached.
Price: £17.50
Navajo Dance Rattle - Mountain Bear
Overall length of rattle about 6-7 inches. This length excludes leather tassels.
The round rattle head is made from leather, moulded, set and then hand painted by the artist and then coated to protect. They have a crystal on the stem secured with buckskin. These rattles are lightly filled with corn with a leather cord for hanging or to carry with. Each one also has a small signed certificate of authenticity attached.
Price: £17.50
Navajo Dance Rattle - Hummingbird
Overall length of rattle about 6-7 inches. This length excludes leather tassels.
The round rattle head is made from leather, moulded, set and then hand painted by the artist and then coated to protect. They have a crystal on the stem secured with buckskin. These rattles are lightly filled with corn with a leather cord for hanging or to carry with. Each one also has a small signed certificate of authenticity attached.
Price: £17.50
Navajo Dance Rattle - Kikopelli
Overall length of rattle about 6-7 inches. This length excludes leather tassels.
The round rattle head is made from leather, moulded, set and then hand painted by the artist and then coated to protect. They have a crystal on the stem secured with buckskin. These rattles are lightly filled with corn with a leather cord for hanging or to carry with. Each one also has a small signed certificate of authenticity attached.
Price: £17.50
Eagle Rattle/Stick
Rawhide rattle with leather handle, Rabbit fur round the top of handle and hand painted Eagle Silhouette on Hand Stitched Hide. True to tradition this Rattle stick is filled with dried Corn.
Price: £29.99
Spiral Bear Rattle/Stick
Rawhide rattle with leather handle, Rabbit fur round the top of handle and hand painted Bear with cycle of life spiral decoration on Hand Stitched Hide. True to tradition this Rattle stick is filled with dried Corn.
Price: £29.99
Eagle Head Rattle/Stick
Rawhide rattle with leather handle, Rabbit fur round the top of handle and hand painted Eagle on Hand Stitched Hide. True to tradition this Rattle stick is filled with dried Corn.
Price: £29.99
Small Talking Stick Red
Hand Crafted by Navajo Indians Made on a genuine Wooden Stick, decorated with Feather, Horse Hair and Red Beads Approx 7.5" long
Price: £9.99
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Long Ceremonial Talking Stick
Ceremonial Stick made by Cherokee artist Wet Foot using Buckskin and Pale Grey Rabbit Fur with Turquoise, Dark Blue and White Beads on Handle, Feathers and Horse Hair Tassles. Approx 18 inches Long. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
Price: £26.99