- Start the meeting ON TIME. Do not delay the start for one or two members. This will encourage
latecomers to be on time.
- Set a calendar for tribe meetings, usually the same day each time (e.g.
first Monday of each month). Schedule and assign host families at least six
months in advance.
- The meeting should typically run one to two hours, unless this is a special tribal outing.
Adjust your time frame to suit the needs of your tribe.
- To control excessive or out-of-turn talking, especially during
meeting rituals, many tribes use a “Talking Stick,”
or a “Talking Feather.” The only person allowed to talk while the stick is in use, is
the one holding it. Passing it around gives everyone a chance to talk uninterrupted.
- Gear the meeting towards the interests and attention levels of the children. Make sure the children feel
that they are an important part. Give praise to all when possible.
- Balance the ritual with the fun and lighthearted parts of the meeting. Be careful though, not to let the
crafts and games totally overrun the content of the meeting.
- Keep business discussions to a minimum, preferably before or after the meeting, if at all.