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Old 12-10-2003, 10:20 AM   #14
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Again . . . eagle feathers hold a special position of prominence among traditional American Indian and First Nations peoples.

However, the treatment of eagle feathers differs both with tribes and individuals. Eagle feathers are handled differently in different powwow arenas as well.

Some powwows will stop the entire powwow and have a feather pickup ceremony. Then the person who drops the feather will giveaway of acknowledgement.

Other powwows will have a veteran pick up the feather. The veteran will then tell a war story and the dropped feather will be gifted to the veteran.

I have also witnessed at some older traditional powwows where the adult who drops an eagle feather will be instructed to pick it up and not interupt the flow of the powwow.

When in Rome . . .

At contest powwows, the frequency of which children and young people own and wear eagle feathers is astounding! Our ancestors would roll over in their graves if they were alive to witness this "spectical."

In ceremony, eagle feathers often are intentionally placed on the ground. Hmmmm?




"Eagle feathers are as sacred as the wearer believes them to be." WhoMe, 2003.
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