The Dine’, more commonly known as the Navajo, is the largest American Indian nation in North America.
The Sacred Talking Prayer Feather is part of their creation stories and teachings.
Sacred Talking Prayer Feather by Alan Nash, Navajo
Feathers are beings and represent many beliefs. These beings, as birds and their feathers, are used to guide and control a person’s mind and body.
The eagle helps to heal and guide; the eagle’s feathers represent faith, hope, courage and strength. The eagle feather is called the Sacred Talking Prayer Feather and is used in various ceremonies for physical as well as social healing.
At one time, eagle feathers were put in a moccasin to protect the wearer and give guidance and swiftness.
Because it is illegal to own or sell eagle feathers, today Sacred Talking Prayer Feathers and other Native American feathers and fans are made using natural turkey feathers or white turkey feathers than have been hand painted to look like an eagle feather.
Hand Painted Feather Hair Tie by Alan Monroe, Oglala Lakota