Owned by Indigenous Gitxsan Artist, Shar Wilson

The Feather

The feather is significant in many cultures. In my Gitxsan culture, down is spread as an honourary gesture for guests before ceremony. Dancers dance with down in their head dress so that it spreads as the song is sung and the dancers dance. To witness this is quite spectacular as the air is filled with down and it slowly settles on honoured guests is like a blessing.

In other cultures, the feather symbolizes respect, communication, healing, and embracing. To be in receipt of a feather is to be acknowledged for your work that benefits your community. In some Indigenous groups the feather is used like a Talking Stick in that only the holder of the feather can speak. In a culture where people tend to speak over each other I think we all need to carry a Feather. 

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