F is for Feather

Helbing Collection A-Z is a continuing feature of our blog. Each week for 26 weeks, I will highlight an item or items from our Helbing Collection of Native American Arts and Crafts.

This week’s item is a brown and beige eagle feather, 14 inches long with a notch cut out toward the top and accented with red yarn.

Cleora was very proud of this feather and wrote in her notes, “This feather was presented to me  to be worn with the headband. When it was announced at the Indian Service summer school at Brigham City, Utah that I was retiring, the Indians from all over the U.S. who were attending school decided they wanted to adopt me into their tribes. There were 32 tribes, and I was adopted into each one of them. They gave me the name “White Feather,” a name which to each tribe meant the best they could say about me and the best they could wish for me.”

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