EAGLE FEATHER/FALLEN WARRIOR
No photographs. We have the highest respect for the Eagle, the Wambdi. Possession of Eagle feathers is an honor; they are usually received as a gift from a relative, spiritual teacher or from the Eagle himself. The Eagle carries prayers to the Creator. When an Eagle feather falls to the ground, there is a special ceremony for veterans to retrieve the Fallen Warrior.
Families accumulate items for a Giveaway for an entire year. Items include simple everyday items (like laundry baskets, towels, socks, etc.), blankets, and star quilts. Special items are given to individuals who have helped the family. Visitors are sometimes given gifts. Often special gifts distributed to the children.
Sung for an individual who has passed into the Spirit world, graduated from school, received an accolade or perhaps received an Indian name. Everyone is invited to come and pay their respects by shaking the hands of the family and then joining the line behind them to finish the dance.
No photographs. Families give a spiritual or “Indian” name to individuals. A spiritual leader or respected elder performs this ceremony. Usually a Giveaway and Honor Song follows.