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The story retells a Lakota Sioux legend. When the U.S. government began settling on the native peoples' homelands, the Sioux, including the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota tribes, occupied the Great Plains, a part of North America that includes grasslands, hills, and streams but not a lot of forests. Summers for them were hot and the winter was long and cold. The Sioux culture centered on using horses to hunt buffalo for food.
Gather participants so that they can see and hear the leader telling the story.
Tell the children you will tell them a very old legend from the Sioux tribe of American Indians—a story that explains how the Sioux began using talking sticks in their tribal meetings. If you have a talking stick to use as an example, conceal it until the end of the story when the grandmother makes the first talking stick.
Read or tell the story. Once you have finished, lead a discussion with these questions:
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