Register Groups Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Forum Home - Go Back > PowWows.com Forum Archives > Archives owl feathers owl feathers

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-05-2002, 03:21 PM   #1
Junior Dancer
 
contemptradish's Avatar
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
contemptradish is a jewel in the rough
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Pine Ridge, SD
Posts: 155
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
owl feathers

i had always heard it was not good to wear owl feathers on outfits. but what do you guys think about it? what were you always taught?
__________________
C-trad
contemptradish is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-05-2002, 03:32 PM   #2
Tiny Tot Dancer
 
MWP's Avatar
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
MWP is an unknown quantity at this point
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Lake Geneva, WI
Posts: 39
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
I would steer clear of it.
MWP is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-05-2002, 04:01 PM   #3
Gourd Dancer
 
MuzeBl's Avatar
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
MuzeBl is an unknown quantity at this point
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Kiowa Country Oklahoma
Posts: 93
Credits: 20.00
Savings: 0.00
YAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

:Scared

(well, if ya like dancing alone to the music in your head, that's a good way to clear a circle)

A lot of people associated owls with death.
__________________
Instead of telling God how big your storm is, tell your storm how big your God is!
MuzeBl is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-05-2002, 04:12 PM   #4
loves southern singn'
Guest
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
Posts: n/a
I've always been told to steer clear of the owl as well. However, I have an interesting interjection to make. When discussing the issue with an elder, he looks at me ask, "How can anything created by the Creator himself be bad?"

I'll stop here before I get theologically long-winded! ;) :Chatter

LSS
  Share with Facebook
Old 04-05-2002, 04:13 PM   #5
Junior Dancer
 
contemptradish's Avatar
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
contemptradish is a jewel in the rough
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Pine Ridge, SD
Posts: 155
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
yeah, i too have always been taught that they're harbingers of death.

hey, if you could clear the cirlcle that fast, that'd be a sure way to win first each time. get rid of the competition! ok ok, j/k.
__________________
C-trad
contemptradish is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-05-2002, 04:35 PM   #6
Teen Dancer
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
Tom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond repute
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Florida
Posts: 370
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
Exclamation

I just had a rather long discussion with some people just this past weekend about this very subject.

For a lot of Native America most people do stay clear of the owl and owl parts. There are many reasons but the most common demominator is that the owl is seen as an omen. Now the word "omen" does not necessarily mean evil - but it does mean something coming and to a great deal of people that something coming is not good. Some of Native America see the owl as warning to be careful and to avoid somthing that could come that would have been bad - much like a detour sign in the road.

Now here is the strange part: the owl is not bad in all of Native America. You can find many other forms of symbolism of the owl among diferent nations, tribes, and even societies that is not seen as a bad omen.

I mentioned earlier in a post that in 2001 I attended some 42 events in 7 states. I saw owl parts (feathers, talons, heads, etc.) used across the country by all kinds of dancers. I even saw this recently at the Ann Arbor Powwow. I have seen well respected dancers and even vets use owl parts in my many years of dancing and traveling around the country.

Some people claim that the owl is their spirit guide or a part of their personal medicine. They may very well be true - for who is to say that such a thing is not true.

I did some serious looking into this subject a few years ago - in research form and conversation form. After speaking with elders (some in their 80s and some in their 90s) across the country, I was a bit surprised to find out how many societies used owl parts. In fact in some societies some owl parts were the badge of being a member. In others owl parts were required on some part of the warrior after becoming a member of that particular society. It is also known that some "holy men" were distinquished by the wearing of owl parts.

Of course you can also find some of this in books but as you know be careful of what you find in some books.

If you are one wondering about using owl parts I would suggest doing some serious research and serious discussion with elders, not to mention serious time with The Creator!

Last edited by Tom Iron Eagle; 04-05-2002 at 04:42 PM..
Tom Iron Eagle is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-05-2002, 04:42 PM   #7
loves southern singn'
Guest
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
Posts: n/a
TIE,

I couldn't have put it all together better myself. Some of the exact same things/stories you made mention of are some of the evidence I came across not too long ago. Although my tribe, which are linguisticly sioux speaking people, Saponi, totally rejects the owl, I still felt it appropriate to do just what this man did.

LSS
  Share with Facebook
Old 04-05-2002, 04:43 PM   #8
Junior Dancer
 
contemptradish's Avatar
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
contemptradish is a jewel in the rough
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Pine Ridge, SD
Posts: 155
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
that's pretty interesting. i didn't know that people used that much of the bodies. or even the part about owls being a membership badge. good info!
__________________
C-trad
contemptradish is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-06-2002, 05:10 PM   #9
Tiny Tot Dancer
 
thestogs's Avatar
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
thestogs is an unknown quantity at this point
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Atlanta now - formerly Florida
Posts: 61
Credits: 30.00
Savings: 0.00
It depends guys. Some of the old style round or cluster bustles among the Sioux and Cheyenne regularly included owl feathers. These feathers are certainly an oddity at Southern dances, mainly because of the beliefs and legends common among Southern Plains tribes. But I have seen owl feathers included in many old style bustles in the north -- museum pieces as well as more contemporary adaptations of the old style crow belt.
thestogs is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-08-2002, 07:00 PM   #10
Pow Wow Visitor
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
powwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond reputepowwowforlife has a reputation beyond repute
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Atlanta Ga
Posts: 10
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
owl feathers

Well my people don't use owl feathers because it is a associated with death. You would have to talk to a elder from your tribe about it.
powwowforlife is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-08-2002, 07:12 PM   #11
Jingle Dancer
 
~*~MizzQaqimat~*~'s Avatar
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ has a reputation beyond repute
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Presidio of Monterey, California
Posts: 389
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
No owls here!
__________________
TARHEEL BORN, TARHEEL BRED, WHEN I DIE I'LL BE TARHEEL DEAD!

MizzQaqimat's Space
~*~MizzQaqimat~*~ is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-09-2002, 11:32 PM   #12
cherosage
 
CHEROSAGE's Avatar
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
CHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond reputeCHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond reputeCHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond reputeCHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond repute
CHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond reputeCHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond reputeCHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond reputeCHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond reputeCHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond reputeCHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond reputeCHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond reputeCHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond reputeCHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond reputeCHEROSAGE has a reputation beyond repute
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: , mo
Posts: 1,505
Credits: 1,512.63
Savings: 1.00
I'm not a tradish, but saw this topic and just had to put my tid bit in.

MY PEOPLE DO NOT USE THE OWLS PARTS FOR ANY PART OF OUR CLOTHING. MY UNCLES/AUNTS HAVE ALWAYS TOLD ME THAT THE OWLS WERE TO BE TABOO. I DO KNOW THAT SOME OF OUR HOLY PEOPLE DO HANDLE THESE OWLS PARTS IN SOME OF THEIR MEDICINE. I WAS TAUGHT THAT THE OWL WAS A MESSENGER OF THE DEAD/UNDERWORLD.

YES, IN MY EXPERIENCE AN OWL DANCER(USUALLY AN OUTSIDER) WILL HAVE A LARGE PART OF THE ARENA FOR THEMSELF, IF NOT THE HOLE AREA.

SOME PEOPLES DO ACCEPT THE OWLS PARTS AS OK. I'D MAKE SURE THIS IS ALRIGHT WHERE I WERE TO DANCE. GET A FEEL OF THE HOST SOCIETY BEFORE WEARING THE OWLS.
WHEN IN ROME DO AS THE ROMANS DO. DON'T BE OFFENSIVE.
__________________
BOB
CHEROSAGE is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-10-2002, 01:14 AM   #13
Junior Dancer
 
contemptradish's Avatar
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
contemptradish is a jewel in the rough
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Pine Ridge, SD
Posts: 155
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
when in rome...

ahh, yes, when in rome, do as the romans do.

but when in slobobia... do as the slobs do!
__________________
C-trad
contemptradish is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-11-2002, 12:30 PM   #14
Junior Dancer
 
contemptradish's Avatar
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
contemptradish is a jewel in the rough
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Pine Ridge, SD
Posts: 155
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
by the way, i'm not saying to actually look like slob or do anything crummy. my friend said the thing to me the other day and i thought it was the funniest thing!
__________________
C-trad
contemptradish is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-17-2002, 04:40 PM   #15
Pow Wow Visitor
 
resis_tanz68's Avatar
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
resis_tanz68 is an unknown quantity at this point
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Currently, Kentucky
Posts: 5
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
Wink The hoot over Owl Feathers

She:kon/Skennen To All;

Although I have had bad experiences with friends giving me owl feathers thinking they were hawk, and i am new to this forum, as a tradish dancer I'd use the rule of thumb, "When in Rome...."

Being Hodenosaunee-Kanienkehake (Mohawk-Iroquois), owl feathers are seen as powerful and sacred omens. Depending who you talk to, they can be associated with everything from death and sorcery, to stealth and seeing into the future. From what I know about this, in our traditions, the only ones who had the privilege to own/use owl feathers were our medicine people.

For owl feathers can be used in a positive way, provided you know what you are doing under the proper supervision. Owl feathers are used to "see" and ward of evil spirits of the night who lurk in the dark shadows, since the feathers are designed for stealth flight. Or at least that is what I have been told by my elders and mentors.

But as a rule, I would refrain using owl feathers on the dance regalia out of respect for not only your powwow hosts, but also out of respect for one's medicine people.

Onen ki'wahi;

Resis_tanz68
resis_tanz68 is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-17-2002, 06:24 PM   #16
Teen Dancer
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
nativemom has a reputation beyond repute
nativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond reputenativemom has a reputation beyond repute
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 260
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
It sounds like most of the people posting here don't really know their own culture enough to know what the owl represents to their tribe. I know there were a couple of posts like Tom Iron Eagle's post that were really good and he obviously took the time to find out what they meant to his tribe. I know not all tribes welcome owl feathers, but people should really ask a holy person what owls represent to their tribe. I was told that they are messengers, sometimes good, sometimes bad....they warn like Tom said, are like caution signs. If people would look at old pictures, they would see that owl feathers were used by a lot of dancers. You have to have common sense when it comes to things like this, don't like turn and run if you see someone with owl feathers.....find out what they represent to your tribe.
nativemom is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-18-2002, 08:17 PM   #17
Teen Dancer
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
Tom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond reputeTom Iron Eagle has a reputation beyond repute
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Florida
Posts: 370
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
Exclamation

Very well said NativeMom and Thestogs.

I think that a lot dancers would be surprised to see exactly what the owl means to their tribe. Good or bad, it is a wise thing to do some research and really find out.

Even if the owl was shunned by a tribe it does not mean that all individuals could not have the owl as a medicine. Some have mentioned that owl parts could only be used by the "holy" or "medicine" people of their tribe - well that shows that someone had the visions of owl medicine and it was perfectly fine (at least for them and for them to become medicine people).

Thestogs also made a great point about dance bustles (crow belts). Many that shun the owl would be greatly surprised to know that in many tribes (maybe their own) the original crow belts had owl feathers, not to mention that many different societies (including different "dog" soldiers) wore owl feathers in their headress and had owl feathers attached to their coup sticks.

I think it is wise to think that what is medicine for one is not medicine for another. What good would it be if one medicine is the same for all? All medicine is strong and should be treated with the upmost repsect. Whatever one's medicine is - then know it well.
Tom Iron Eagle is offline   Share with Facebook
Old 04-19-2002, 07:29 AM   #18
www.wakalapi.com
 
Wakalapi's Avatar
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
Wakalapi has a reputation beyond repute
Wakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond reputeWakalapi has a reputation beyond repute
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Central Washington
Posts: 1,309
Credits: 336.00
Savings: 0.00
Owl Dance

The couples' dance in Northwest Coastal powwows is called the "Owl Dance". I guess it just goes to show how different our traditions really are from region to region.
__________________
"Friends don't let friends drink decaf..."
Wakalapi's $49 unlimited phone service www.49deal.com
Wakalapi is offline   Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trading for Feathers and other regalia items? contemptradish Archives 9 02-20-2001 09:12 AM
Tying Feathers greyhawks Archives 4 11-21-2000 11:37 PM
Roach Feathers RW Archives 1 09-18-2000 04:03 PM
Owl Feathers pgowder Archives 17 07-17-2000 08:58 AM
Finding straight feathers Majii Archives 16 07-06-2000 07:21 PM

    

Join the online community forum celebrating Native American Culture, Pow Wows, tribes, music, art, and history.

Join PowWows.com Today!

Your Guide to Native American Pow Wows Since 1996

Register For Free

Enjoy the benefits of being a member of PowWows.com!

Join our Native American online community focused on Pow Wow singing, dancing, crafts, Native American music, Native American videos, and more.

Add your Pow Wow to our Calendar

Share your photos and videos

Play games, enter contests, and much more!






New Threads

Pow Wow Calendar Search

 
Month: Year:

Location:
Facebook Profile Images

Videos

Featured Articles

Dance Styles

Crafts

Gallery