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Feathers mean a lot to Native American Tribes. A feather isn’t just something that falls out of a bird, it means much more. The feather symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, freedom and many more things.
Basically the Mohawks, and the Iroquois nations, are a matriarchy. The woman carries the lineage; she is an authority or the head of the clan...your clan is passed down by birth, you carry that clan until death, you can never pass it.
Although we are in different boats, you in your boat and we in our canoe, we share the same river. -Chief Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy via She Sings to the Stars