Library JournalThis short book is a reflection on the symbolism of feathers and the pervasive nature of their importance in Native American culture. The first-person essays include personal visions about feather symbolism, craft, and use told by men and women from six different tribal backgrounds: Apache (Lipan and Mescalero), Cherokee, Crow, Navajo, Lakota Sioux, and Algonquian. They do not represent officially the views of particular nations. Well-known ceremonial importance is brought into sharp focus when art (the making of fans), religion (the Sun Dance, the Native American Church), and the nature and beliefs about particular birds (and the use of their feathers) are discussed. George Ancona's beautiful action photographs, along with historical photos, enhance the very general text. Celebrating Native culture, this nontechnical book is suitable for public libraries and young adult collections.-Margaret W. Norton, Montay Coll. Lib., Chicago
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This is a superbly crafted, beautiful book! It is both inspiring and magical to read. The author has a beautiful way of letting the feather float throughout the book to tell the stories of the native peoples’ personal accounts of the significance of the feather in their daily and spiritual lives. One can tell that the author was deeply touched by the hearts and practices of those she writes of, and it is from a place of deep respect and dedication that she lets the feather speak their narratives in a way that resonates with truest meaning and symbolism. Two thumbs up, highly recommended! If you've never been to New Mexico, this book will transport you there. If you've already experienced the Land of Enchantment, this book will remind you of a path you crossed, a song you heard, or a passing smile you received along your journey.