Talking Stick, 1989 by George Bee, Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation alder 48” high x 10” wide x 4” deep
This Talking Stick depicts a Thunderbird, Killer Whale, Chief Holding a Copper Shield, Wolf, Salmon, and a Bentwood Box with a Sun Design.
The Talking Stick, originally referred to as a speaker's staff, is a tool of indigenous democracy used by many tribes, especially the indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast. The talking stick is passed around the group and allows for multiple people to speak in turn.
George Bee is a Kwakwaka’wakw artist from Alert Bay, British Columbia.