ERIC Number: ED247066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Eagle Feathers, the Highest Honor.
Following his own advice that elders of the tribe share their knowledge so that "the way of the Indians would come back to the children of today," Pete Beaverhead (1899-1975) tells of the traditions of respect and honor surrounding the eagle feather in a booklet illustrated with black and white drawings. The eagle is an Indian symbol of power and strength and it is believed by many tribes that the eagle's spirit is alive in even the smallest of its feathers. Eagle feathers were used for many things: in battles, for celebration, and for Indian medicine. Eagle feathers were earned through bravery by killing enemies or by stealing horses. Stripes for earning the feathers were marked on coup sticks. When an Indian's coup stick was marked by many stripes, he earned the right to use eagle feathers, tied on banners, an Indian flag in battle and as a means of ranking among those to be chosen as a new chief. Eagle feathers were also used on shields that were kept mounted in front of the tepee or carried by the Indian wife on her horse when moving. (NEC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Flathead Culture Committee, St. Ignatius, MT.