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  • Difference is Roach Feathers ?

    I have noticed that while most Straight Dancers who wear the traditional single roach feather, will use a golden eagle "blade" tail feather (one of the two outermost feathers in the tail set). However, there are a certain percentage of dancers who wear the "center" tail feather.

    Anyone like to comment on why the center tail feather is sometimes used?

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    "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

    --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

  • #2
    In this day and age it is most often what someone can actually get their hands on...more over weren't traditionally the inner feathers out of a tail used to make a fan with since they were larger.
    PB49

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    My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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    • #3
      Yup... I second PWbum's idea - there's lots of guys who have non-"blade" feathers...... and the idea about the fan makes sense too.

      12 feather tail - 1 blade for daddy and one for his son (or two for daddy - you se that more and more), one of the center feathers for the wife (plumes for the daughters) and that leaves you 9 keen tailfeathers for a fan.....
      Functionless art is simply tolerated vandalism.

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      • #4
        yeah, since theres two center feathers why not use one for the roach?
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        • #5
          I've not used a "blade feather" for straight, but in my olden fancy dance days, I used two nicely matched ones with the rocker.

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