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Old 10-18-2007, 08:07 AM   #21
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Using cedar chips is a great idea! Pilamaye! Here in Florida, it is always hot and humid...great environment for bugs and other nasties...
Your welcome. I found some cedar blocks that I have used , I found them in the house ware section at wal-mart, it was with the closit stuff like hangers, organizers , im guessing caue they go in your closits and dress'r drawrs. and I threw ya some green rep!
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:22 AM   #22
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I have 2 drawers in my dresser that are cedar-lined. Do you think storing real feathers (when I get them) there would keep the buggies out?
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I have 2 drawers in my dresser that are cedar-lined. Do you think storing real feathers (when I get them) there would keep the buggies out?
it could , I say try it. I keep mine in my cedar box, and I also have a big cedar chest that I have the rest in.
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My Family is old and traditional. We've always had the eagle feathers/plumes...but my sister and I were not allowed to use them until we learned responsibility and respect. When at pow wows, we had to have manners (meaning we weren't allowed to run around. If we were dressed up, we were there to dance, not run around and look cute in our outfits.) Every evening after pow wow, we would spend atleast an hour at times getting undressed and packing our regalia away properly. No beads on beads, as it causes the beads to break. Dresses had to be folded properly. Again, no beads on beads. After we were done packing our suitcases, mom would go through and make sure it was right. If it wasn't, we had to unpack and repack RIGHT! I didn't get my first real feather until I was 13. After my first of last first gathering ceremonies were complete. Every time we get our first huckleberry picking, root digging, or what have you, we have a ceremony where the gathering is cleaned/canned/cooked and then it is given to a selected elder. I remember upon my first Digging, I was given a corn husk hat made by my gramma Lillian Spino. I have all the hats she has given me as keep sakes. After my first huckleberry picking, I was gifted a hair barrett with two drop down feathers. I still have it, put away as I was only 13 when I got it. I didn't get my first center feather until I was 16. My first plumes came around that time. This was after I was being known for beadworking, being a long house girl, washaat participant at services. So all in all, I earned my feathers. Now, as with everyone else, I resort to trading to get what I need. Right now, I have everything I need, but I'm focused on getting new stuff for my mom and my sister.
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Whenever you are walking these ways, however you are taught, that is the way to go. The eagle is revered as a sacred animal, and so the feathers are treated that way, as a sign of our respect. I did not come to these ways until I was already grown, but it is in my heart as well as in my blood, and someday, I want to stand before the Creator knowing that I did everything in a good way, and to the best of my ability, and I taught others to do the same. When we share what we have been taught, not only with those in our own tribes and families, but with those who don't do things in these ways, we mend the sacred hoop. And, after all, that is what we are here for, isn't it?

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Thanks, Guys that was a big help AWB---Plumes thanks a lot I will let my Gdaughter know about it. she will think I'm crazy when I tell her.
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Smile Hawk and Eagle Feathers

I believe I was gifted an eagle feather straight from the eagle himself. I have been smudging about many things lately and have gone through some horrible things this past year that have made me a better person. I was at the river's edge one day, reflecting over what was happening in my life and it donned on me that I was a survivor. A survivor of domestic violence. I had gotten through the worst year of my life and survived with my children and am happy once again. It was during this reflection that I found the feather in my path. I picked it up and have hung on to it and am now wanting to place it in my hair and wear it with honor as everything surrounding the dv stuff is finally over (except that we had a child together so until he is an adult it will never be fully over) but I have the power within myself now to know that he can no longer hurt me. I believe the eagle helped me find this power within myself. During this time I was also gifted three hawk feathers, one for each of my sons. I was told that I deserved the strength they would give me through the spirit of the hawk. I want to wear them with the eagle feather. The eagle feather being alone and straight in the back and the hawk feathers attached to the end of my barrette, wearing them on top of my head so that the feathers fall to the side. Is this appropriate?Thanks for your insight!
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I was taught that when you find a feather, it was placed there for you to find, as a gift. I found both of my eagle feathers that way, and a hawk and owl feather too. The eagle feathers are very worn...so I use them cautiously. But I wear them with pride. The owl feather is attached to my cannupa, as I was told that I had received help from the Owl Nation, and that it was sacred for that reason.

So the answer to your question is YES! Wear them with pride, take care of them as you would any precious possession, and offer thanks in a special way to the Eagle Nation and the Hawk Nation for the help they gave you.

I don't have a cedar box yet, missed getting one at the last powwow, but a vendor told me that I could also use cedar shavings, like the kind you get for a hamster or gerbil...at WalMart in a gigantic bag for about $5...if you go to a pet store, they might even give you a handful or two for free!

I am also a survivor of domestic violence, physical, emotional, and sexual. I know how it feels to be on the other side, and I applaud the courage and bravery it took to leave. Perhaps that very courage and bravery were your gifts from the Eagle Nation...?

I pray that you will be made over in a good way, so that you will be a good example to your sons, and to those around you. The past is gone, the future is a gift yet to be given, so enjoy today, which is the present!
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The first time I washed my plumes i(I use shampoo) it freaked me out. I thought for sure I messed them up. But once they were blow dried they were beautiful. All white and fluffy.
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Things like this have a way of getting to you. I was at a bird show, and they had a golden eagle there. This beautiful eagle was eyeballing me the whole time I was there, and then it ruffled his feathers. A nice wing feather flew out, and I was sooo awed at this thing that I froze up, and some little girl picked up the feather. I was soo dissapointed, until it dropped a plume RIGHT AT MY FEET! I have also found hawk feathers, and I wear them with pride.
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I do believe every tribe has different traditions regarding eagle feathers. for my maternal tribe, eagle plumes are worn for protection so alot of the times babies all the way to elderly women have eagle plumes. and for my dads tribe, eagle feathers are shared for ceremonies and kept within families and used for prayers. I got my plumes from my dad, he gave me the plumes off his family's eagle, and its my first time using plumes. I wore a single black and white because for my moms tribe, it means i'm a single maiden and I am open to marriage. It all depends on the tribe.
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Hi every one I'm james gifford. I am wondering how to make imitation aka fake plumes? And how to put the feathers on skewers pleas help.
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