Bras d'or Indian Village Band Association 


 

                               Talking Circles 


 

 Talking Circles have been used for centuries by our Mi'kmaw ancestors. At present, Talking Circles are growing in importance in Mi'kmaw communities. Whenever there is a problem or crisis situation in a community, a Talking Circle is called for all ages. There could be one Talking Circle or more. There is no special time for a Talking Circle to commence, and anybody can call one. It is considered very sacred because it is a form of counselling. Different symbols are held during a Talking Circle to ensure that the person holding the symbol may speak without interruption. The symbol could be a Talking stick, sweet grass braid, a Feather, or a pipe. (The pipe, however, is most commonly used in an elders' Talking Circle).



 

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