The Talking Stick is a method used by many Native American tribes. The stick let all members who wished to talk hold it while others had to wait for their turn. All members of the circle were valued, one could not talk about any person in a bad or negative way. The stick was passed from one individual to another until all who wanted to speak had done so in and orderly and respectful way. After session the stick was then passed back to an elder for safe keeping.