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Old 06-20-2008, 06:09 PM   #10
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We shouldn't be begging the Feds for feathers. We should be looking to ourselves, and redistributing the feathers we already have in a more equitable and respectful fashion, instead of hoarding them because it's the current regalia style. If some people in a tribe are suffering through ceremonies with no eagle feather at all, then why isn't some dancer who 'owns' more than they really need for their regalia, handing feathers over? If a dancer has 4 wings and 2 tails' worth of feathers in his single swing bustle, why isn't he making a more reasonable sized bustle, and handing the extra feathers over to his community's spiritual men and women, so they can be handed out to those in need, or through ceremonies?
It's obvious you've not been to too many native communities when someone gets their feathers... I'm not saying EVERYONE does but feathers are often distributed throughout the family, not hoarded like you think. And those that do have these surplus usually do because their family is'nt in need.

The whole thing is that people are poaching because someone is buying and regardless WHO they are it is happening. Native or not, if an eagle has to be poached then they will have to in the end answer to the creator for what they've done and it's not really for us to judge those with huge bustles or fans JUST because YOU or ME or ANYONE ELSE thinks they have too many.
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