When Eagle Speaks
To walk in beauty is to celebrate the Sacred Dance of Life,
To join the Circle with an open mind and an open heart,
and to move at our own pace with clarity, kindness, and a sense of calm.
To walk in beauty, is to understand and practice the way of right
relationship and to appreciate all of the beauty that exists both within
and all around us.
Eagle asks, “Do you want to learn how to fly?
Do you want to see the great Creation through my eyes?
Do you want to dance on the wind as I do?”
The young boy and the young girl dance, offering thanks for all things,
walking in step with the universe and its eternal movements.
The young boy and the young girl dance.
Within them, all around them, Creation dances in its sacred rhythm,
and keeps on dancing.
When Eagle speaks, he speaks in the way that he moves.
He speaks with his eyes, with his balance, with his presence.
He speaks from the energy and power of the Four Directions, and their sacred
He speaks from the “Galun’lati,” the Above World,
and from “A-lo-hi,” Mother Earth, the Center.
He speaks from the truth that soars in his heart and his spirit.
And as he speaks, he walks in beauty. And so, it is good.
From an Eagle’s View
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to fly free, To see the world as far
as the eye can see, To view the surroundings from high and from low, To hear
only the sound of a distant echo, To float in the air with the wind being
your guide, To admire many rainbows that the trees tend to hide, To see the
misty mornings over a beautiful mountaintop, To glide over a flowing river
that never seems to stop, To watch the animals from over a mile away, Or to
rise above the treetops that glisten in the day?
If you were an eagle you would wonder no more, For it can see things you
have never seen before.
Next time you look into the sky of blue, Think of what it’s like from an
By Stacy Smith
Last night, once again, I had a dream
About an eagle in the blue,
And just like all the other dreams,
Right above my head it flew.
In every dream of it I had,
It landed somewhere close by,
And each time, I was so excited
For the beauty that caught my eye.
Our national emblem gracing the sky
For so long I yearned to see,
And envied those fortunate enough
To see him on the wing, being free.
When I awoke from the glorious dreams,
Some disappointment I did feel.
But then I overcame with happiness,
For the dreams had seemed so real.
By Stacy Smith
The feathers of the Eagle are sacred to the Native Americans, and the eagle
is now protected by the United States government.
The feathers are used in powerful healing ceremonies (cleansing of the aura)
and even for shape shifting.
White and black tipped feathers were often used on the masks of the Pueblo
Indians to give the appearance of white and black clouds.
You can see the ancient connection to the mysteries of the sky and all of
Both the bald and the golden eagle have come to symbolize heroic nobility
and divine spirit.
The eagle is the messenger from heaven and are the embodiment of the sun
Most all Native American Indian Peoples attach special significance to the
Eagle and its feathers. Images of eagles and their feathers are used on many
tribal logos as symbols of the Native American Indian. To be given an Eagle
feather is the highest honor that can be awarded within indigenous cultures.
Both Bald and Golden Eagles (and their feathers) are highly revered and
considered sacred within American Indian traditions, culture and religion.
They are honored with great care and shown the deepest respect. They
represent honesty, truth, majesty, strength, courage, wisdom, power and
freedom. As they roam the sky, they are believed to have a special
connection to God.
According to traditional American Indian beliefs, the Creator made all the
birds of the sky when the World was new. Of all the birds, the Creator chose
the Eagle to be the leader… the Master of the Sky.
The Eagle flies higher and sees better than any other bird. Therefore, its
perspective is different from other creations that are held close to the
Earth, and it is closer to the Creator. The Creator also has a different
perspective of what occurs below in this world of physical things in which
humankind resides. The Eagle spends more time in the higher element of
Father Sky than other birds, and Father Sky is an element of the Spirit.
The Eagle is considered to be a messenger to God. It was given the honor of
carrying the prayers of man between the World of Earth and the World of
Spirit, where the Creator and grandfathers reside. To wear or hold an Eagle
feather causes the Creator to take immediate notice. With the Eagle feather,
the Creator is honored in the highest way.
The wings of an Eagle represent the balance needed between male and female,
each one dependent upon the strengths and abilities of the other.
When one receives an Eagle feather, that person is being acknowledged with
gratitude, love and ultimate respect. The holder of the feather must ensure
that anything that changes one’s state of mind (alcohol and drugs) must
never come in contact with a sacred Eagle feather.
The keeper of an Eagle feather makes a little home where the feather will be
kept safely and protected. It should be hung up within one’s home, not
placed in drawers or cupboards.
Eagle feathers are never to be abused, shown disrespect, dropped or
contaminated. Only real true human Men and Women carry the Eagle feather.
Many dancers use Eagle feathers as part of their dance regalia. The Creek
and Cherokee have an Eagle Dance. If for any reason an eagle feather is
dropped, it needs to be cleansed. The arena director’s job is to guard the
Eagle feather and not leave the spot it is in until the proper cleansing
ceremony is performed.
Eagle feathers were awarded to Indian Braves, warriors and Chieftains for
extreme acts of valor and bravery. These feathers were difficult to come by,
and were earned one at a time.
Regardless of where or how an Indian Brave accumulated Eagle feathers, he
was not allowed, according to Tribal Law, to wear them until he won them by
a brave deed. He had to appear before the Tribal Council and tell or reenact
his exploit. Witnesses were examined and, if in the eyes of the council, the
deed was thought worthy, the Indian Brave was then allowed to wear the
feathers in his hair or Indian Headdress or Indian War Bonnet.
An Indian would rather part with his horse or tepee, than to lose his Eagle
feathers. To do so would be dishonor in the eyes of his Tribe. Many of the
old American Indian Chiefs had won enough honors to wear a double-trailed
bonnet that dragged the ground. Only the great and important men of the
Tribes had the right to wear the double-trailed Indian War Bonnets.
During the “Four Sacred Rituals”, American Indians wear or hold Eagle
feathers. The “Flag Song” has its earliest origins during the period when
some Indian Nations would honor the Eagle feather staffs of leaders from
different other bands of Indian Nations.
The American Indian holds the Eagle in the highest regard, and has a true
“heart and soul desire” to keep it flying healthy and free for many
generations to come.
“Prophesy says that it is time to share some of the sacred traditions of our
culture. The four colors of man will be coming together to unite and heal.
Creator has given different gifts and responsibilities to each of the four
colors. Ours is to help preserve Earth for all the children. Time is running
out. It’s time to act.”
– Indigenous Spiritual Leaders of the Americas –
When the Eagle returns, we will again be a great nation.”
Jonas Shawandase, Spanish American War Veteran & Tribal Elder of the 1950s