talking stick ceremony

Bob Baker is an elder and co-founder and Spokesperson for S'pakwus Slolem (Eagle Song), the most reputable Dance Group of the Squamish Nation. Bob has been exercising his culture through singing, dances, and various presentations for over 35 years. Accomplishments range from revival of sea-going canoes and traditions, to cultural projects such as the 27 ft. grandmother welcome figure at Ambleside Beach Park in North Vancouver. Bob was proud to be part of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies.

The Talking Stick is taken to council meetings or gatherings and used as a symbol of the speaker's importance and is decorated to show the individual's accomplishments and spirituality. It is a First Nations tradition when the stick is passed by the chief to others that they too will be given respect and attention.

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