Turkey Feather Fan
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Plains Indian (Mandan) Turkey Feather Fan

Plains Indian (Mandan) Turkey Feather Fan

Mandan

The "young dandies" carried fans for courting that were highly perfumed to attract the attention of girls. The handle covering of red wool was an expensive trade item and showed the wealth of a suitor.

Because turkeys need trees for roosting at night, they were rare on the treeless Plains and thereby became a valuable trade item. Turkey wing feathers were also used to fletch arrows because eagle feathers were generally reserved for commemorating war feats.

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Turkey feather fan, note red wool. Detail of flute.

Plains Indian (Mandan) Turkey Feather Fan with flute

 

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