Dropped Eagle Feather
Retrieving an eagle feather dropped during a Pow wow is a serious matter. The ceremony is overseen by an elder, and may be performed by respected spiritual leaders and/or warriors (veterans). All spectators should rise and remove hats or caps. No camera may be used at this time.
When a dancer approaches a drum and blows an eagle bone whistle, the drum group responds by singing an appropriate song. The whistle is blown four times to honour the drums, the dancers and the spirits of the eagle. Four verses are sung, one for each time the whistle is blown.
Written by: Harold Flett
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