A council circle is a distinctive feature at the center of some Indigenous tribal communities.
In current use, the council circle is often synonymous with the talking circle, and is a means of group communication that promotes equal input from all participants. A talking stick, or other significant object, is passed around the circle, and only the circle member holding the stick is allowed to speak. Talking circles are a common feature of the Restorative Justice process.
From early photographs, we know that some talking sticks were very tall, suggesting that circle participants would have stood when speaking.