Well it will be interesting to see how this feather thing pans out. I bought a new book on symbols at the bookstore, The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Signs and Symbols. So, I decide to read on feathers. Here is an excerpt of the entry.
The symbolism of feathers is closely aligned to that of wings and birds. They stand for ascendance, flight, communication with the spirit realms and the element of air. Shamanistic use of feathers is for all these reasons; the feathers enable the soul to become as light as the feather and transcend the boundaries of gravity, time, and space. Shamans of all nationalities wear feathers as a part of their ritual apparel.
The eagle feather is the most valuable of all feathers. In some parts of the world, this feather, synonymous with all the power of the bird, is considered so sacred that only card-carrying Native American tribal members may own them. Eagle feathers that are found in the wrong hands are the cause of heavy fines.
This is a fact. I googled it. It is called ,The Eagle Feather Law. Wikipedia says,
The eagle feather law provides many exceptions to federal wildlife laws regarding eagles and other migratory birds to enable American Indians to continue their traditional practices.
Under the current language of the eagle feather law, individuals of certifiable American Indian ancestry enrolled in a federally recognized tribe are legally authorized to obtain eagle feathers. Unauthorized persons found with an eagle or its parts in their possession can be fined up to $25,000. The eagle feather law allows for individuals who are adopted members of federally recognized tribes to obtain eagle feathers and eagle feather permits.
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So until I am adopted by a recognized tribe, no feather. The Native American man I spoke to must have thought I was crazy. lol
I am part Cherokee but…I am from the Lost Tribe and We are not Federally Recognized. The Lost Tribe fell out from the Trail of Tears staying in Oklahoma and did not get on the Dawes Roll. I feel certain this symbolism that is so resonant with me has some reason but……