Pete Beaverhead (1899-1975) tells of the traditions of respect and honor
surrounding the eagle feather as an Indian symbol of power and strength. it is believed by many tribes that the eagle's spirit is alive in even the smallest of its feathers. Eagle feathers are used in battles,celebrations, and medicine.
When an Indian is marked by many stripes, he has earned the right to use eagle feathers to tie on banners as an Indian flag in battle or, as a means of ranking among those to be chosen
as a new chief.