Indians do collect feathers from various species of birds for various purposes, especially for making headdresses. Today, Indians have special permission to collect eagle feathers while non-Indians are not allowed by the American government.
For the Indian fur is not just an ornament but it has a high spiritual meaning. Like trust, appreciation, strength, wisdom, freedom and more. They believe that the Eagles have a special relationship with Heaven because they fly very close. The Indians believe that the Eagle is the king of birds because it flies very high. Not only that, Eagle also has the ability to see better than the other birds. When the Indians get their fur, it is a symbol of the gift from “above”.
The most popular Indian headress is the War Bonnet made by Native American with silver designs. The most popular of the War Bonnet is made with one or two layers and extends backwards like a tail and even to the point that touches the ground. This is called Bonnet War Trailer.
Another popular Bonnet War is Halo War Bonnet. War Bonnet is more formal and used by Crow who has been senior to this day. The design of the War Bonnet is typical with its feathers hanging around the face and forming an oval circle.
In addition to the two types above, there is also a fur used upright above the head. This type usually appears higher than the others and it has a narrower construction.
Rules About Headress
Not all Indian people can freely wear feathers on their heads. These headdress hairs are a gift to those who have done bold acts of heroism on the battlefield. For example, an Indian who gets the feather of the Golden Eagles is greatly revered because he takes the most courageous action in war.
The award of this feather as a crown will also be held by giving a red color to the person as a token of appreciation for his courageous actions. The feathers will be arranged elaborately and neatly together with the skin of a weasel or so-called Ermine. But the most prominent of it all is fixed on the feathers that until now still considered sacred. You can click here for more information about activity life.
When an Indian gets the eagle’s fleece, then he has to take care of it and should not hide it. He must wear it or hold it and not be allowed to fall to the ground just like holding a flag.
Only tribal chiefs, fighters, and courageous people are given this special gift. They are the ones who are brave enough to fight against the enemies. They will be given and allowed to wear these feathers on their heads. It is they who dare to retell in front of the tribal court for their courage to triumph over their enemies. They are the ones who have been injured, killed an enemy, cut off the neck and took the scalp of the enemy who will get the feather of honor from the Golden Eagle.
Headdress is not just a feathered hat but a symbol of sanctity which is only for the courageous people who deserve it. After knowing it, then when I saw the picture of the feathers it became imagined how an Indian could get it and put it on his head.