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 Talking Feather (also known as a Talking Stick)  is an educational website for  teaching both historical and  current information about Native American Indians located in the U.S. and  Canada. For  Teachers there are  Complete Lesson Plans with Answer Keys for the following Tribes: Apache, Blackfeet, Cherokee, Choctaw, Crow, Iroquois, Kwakiutl, Mohawk (including the fascinating Sky Walkers) Navajo, Shawnee,Sioux and Zuni.   There are also  Current Posts with the latest articles from Indian country. Click on a photo below for the tribal lesson plan that you want.

APACHE LESSON PLAN.  Photo- White Mountain Apache rodeo.

APACHE LESSON PLAN.
Photo- White Mountain Apache rodeo.

BLACKFEET LESSON PLAN.  Photo- Blackfoot website.

BLACKFEET LESSON PLAN.
Photo- Blackfoot website.

CHEROKEE LESSON PLAN.  Wilma Mankiller first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. Photo- photobucket.

CHEROKEE LESSON PLAN.
Wilma Mankiller first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. Photo- photobucket.

CHOCTAW LESSON PLAN. Mississippi Band of Choctaw. Photo Facebook.

CHOCTAW LESSON PLAN. Mississippi Band of Choctaw. Photo Facebook.

CROW LESSON PLAN. Participants in a Crow Rodeo. Photo- Larry Mayer:Billings Gazette

CROW LESSON PLAN. Participants in a Crow Rodeo. Photo- Larry Mayer:Billings Gazette

IROQUOIS LESSON PLAN.  The Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY

IROQUOIS LESSON PLAN.
The Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY

KWAKIUTL LESSON PLAN.  Richard Hunt master  Kwakiutl carver. Photo- Wikipedia

KWAKIUTL LESSON PLAN.
Richard Hunt master Kwakiutl carver. Photo- Wikipedia

MOHAWK LESSON PLAN. Mohawk “Sky Walkers” Photo- Talking Feather.

MOHAWK LESSON PLAN. Mohawk “Sky Walkers” Photo- Talking Feather.

NAVAJO LESSON PLAN. Navajo singer and Grammy nominee Radmilla Cody. Photo- Canyon Records.

NAVAJO LESSON PLAN. Navajo singer and Grammy nominee Radmilla Cody. Photo- Canyon Records.

SHAWNEE LESSON PLAN. Shawnee in RevolutionaryCity -  Photo:Col. Williamsburg.

SHAWNEE LESSON PLAN. Shawnee in RevolutionaryCity -  Photo:Col. Williamsburg.

SIOUX LESSON PLAN. Chief Oliver Red Cloud 2006  Pow Wow parade in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Photo- Aaron Huey.

SIOUX LESSON PLAN. Chief Oliver Red Cloud 2006 Pow Wow parade in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Photo- Aaron Huey.

ZUNI LESSON PLAN. Zuni members during powwow. Photo- Zuni website.

ZUNI LESSON PLAN. Zuni members during powwow. Photo- Zuni website.

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Legend of the Talking Feather (also known as The Talking Stick): Kanati and Asgaya Gigagei Bestow the Gift of The Talking Feather
There are many legends about how the Indians learned about the Talking Feather”. Here is one of them…
Long years ago, when gods walked this earth and the land beyond, Kanati and Asgaya Gigagei, were together enjoying the warm summer day. It was a day when the crickets chirrupted in the waving, green grass,when they noticed a figure moving towards them.
As the figure approached closer Kanati said “Look, that woman is crying, what could be the matter?” “I can not imagine why anyone would cry on such a glorious day.” Replied Asgaya Gigagei. “Let’s ask her.”
As the woman drew nearer, they could see her buckskin was decorated with beautiful designs and colors. She carried a bundle filled with leaves, sage, and colorful stones and feathers. They knew immediately this woman was a holy being.
Kanati asked her “Holy mother, why are you crying so?” The woman looked up in wonder, because she had been walking with her head down. “I’m crying because the men of my village are fighting constantly! Each thinks his ideas for leading the tribe is the best!” Kanati and Asgaya Gigagei glanced at one another, in perplexity. “Why, if there are so many good ideas for leading your tribe, why are the men fighting? And why aren’t you and the other members happy!” The poor woman shook her head sadly and replied, “Yes, you are right, the men do have very good ideas, but every man wants to speak his own ideas, and not listen to anyone else. They all shout and scream at one another so loudly, that it frightens the children who run and hide behind their mothers. The women are sad because their husbands come to the house upset and angry. Furthermore, the tribe is suffering, because no one can seem to make a decision.”  Just then a beautiful Eagle was soaring overhead, Kanati called out “Brother Eagle, may I have one of your feathers, there are poor humans in desperate need!”
Bother Eagle replied “Yes” and shook himself until a single iridescent, large feather fell to the ground. “Many thanks and Blessings on you” said Kanati. Kanati made secret signs and prayers over the Feather. Asgaya Gigagei helped him with the blessings. Kanati then said to the woman “This is the sacred Talking Father, it holds great power for the one who holds it. Go back to your people, hold this feather up in the air, all who see it will fall silent, and listen to what you have to say. Tell all who listen that from now on, who ever holds this feather, all present within the Circle Council must listen to his words. The feather must then be passed on to the next speaker.”
The woman thanked Kanati and Asgaya Gigagei and hurried back to her village where there was total chaos!. Everyone was talking at once, children were crying, men were screaming at each other. As soon as she held the feather over her head, all became quiet! No one could utter a sound! the holy woman proceeded to give the directions given to her by the gods. She then passed the feather to the first man. He called the Talking Circle together, and each man had his say as he held the feather. From that time on that tribe flourished because they now had direction, and each person could hear and understand what their peers said. The people worked together, to build a great nation. Along the way, they shared the wonders of the Talking Feather with other tribes they met. “And that my friends is the true story of  how the Talking Feather came to be!”