Indian Feathers

Feathers were believed by the Indians to be a symbol of power, strength, and spirituality.  The feathers were symbolic of prayers being taken up to the heavens.  It’s easy to see how the first inhabitants of this land were fascinated by birds, and how the Native Americans could believe that their feathers held special powers.  The feathers were carried up to the heavens where the prayers were attached and then brought up to the spirit world so they could receive the message of those down below.  In addition, Indians believed that the feathers were a good protectant.  Often, eagle feathers could be seen hanging outside of an Indian dwelling. 

This was because they believed that by hanging the feathers on the doorway, evil spirits and enemies would be kept at bay.  Another use the Indians had for feathers was for adornments.  Feathered headdresses were a sign of power and strength, and the more feathers that were in a headdress, the more power or rank that person had.  Feathers were also used in jewelry, weapons, instruments, tools, and dream catchers.  The feather is still a very important symbol in the Native American world today.  You would be hard pressed to find any pictures of Indians without at least one feather included somewhere on or near the Indian.  This is because feathers were such a common occurrence. 

They were even decorated individually to give them a more impressive look.  Beads and rope were often added, as well as animal hair, and each feather would be intricately worked on so that it had a very distinctive look.  The types of feathers worn could show a person’s tribe or status, making them a very important form of communication.  Indian feathers contributed to a large part of Native American culture, and represent an appreciation for our natural world.

Joseph Paige 2006

Native American
Native Americans
Native Americans 2
Native American Ancestry
Native American Art
Native American Art 2
Native American Art Gallery
Native American Artifacts
Native American Artists
Native American Beadwork
Native American Blankets
Native American Books
Native American Bracelets
Native American Ceramics
Native American Church
Native American Clothing
Native American Clothing 2
Native American Clothes
Native American Coins
Native American Crafts
Native American Culture
Native American DNA
Native American Dance
Native American Dance 2
Native American Dating
Native American Demographics
Native American Dolls
Native American Drawings
Native American Dream Catcher
Native American Drums
Native American Drums 2
Native American Earrings
Native American Figurines
Native American Films
Native American Flute
Native American Flute 2
Native American Food
Native American Food 2
Native American Games
Native American Genealogy
Native American Genetics
Native American Gifts
Native American Healing
Native American Headdress
Native American Heritage Month
Native American History
Native American Indian Jewelry
Native American Indians
Native American Indians 2
Native American Jewellery
Native American Jewelry
Native American Jewelry 2
Native American Law
Native American Life
Native American Market
Native American Masks
Native American Medicine
Native American Medicine Wheel
Native American Moccasins
Native American Money
Native American Month
Native American Music
Native American Music 2
Native American Names
Native American Navajo
Native American Necklace
Native American Paintings
Native American Peace Pipe
Native American Poetry
Native American Poetry 2
Native American Portraits
Native American Pottery
Native American Pottery 2
Native American Pow Wow
Native American Pow Wow 2
Native American Products
Native American Rattles
Native American Recipes
Native American Religion
Native American Rights
Native American Rings
Native American Rugs
Native American Sand Painting
Native American Sculptures
Native American Spears
Native American Spirituality
Native American Stories
Native American Tomahawks
Native American Totem Pole
Native American Totem Poles
Native American Tattoos
Native American Tattoos 2
Native American Tattoos 3
Native American Tribe
Native American Tribes
Native American Tribes 2
Native American Tribes 3
Native American Videos
Native American Wolf
Native American Words
Native American Women
Northwest Native American Art