Most Shaman use a collection of amulets & Talismans in their ritual practices and these can vary enormously depending on culture, spirit path and individual totems. The use of feathers can be influential in calling the spirits of the bird or the element of Air. I have made these Coup feathers after the style of some tribes of Native Americans and used feathers from American Red Tail Buzzard and Harris Hawk. I have made others with feathers of Crow and Dove according to how the Spirits have guided me. Each one is different and uses different colours of cord and beads relating to aspects of the Medicine Wheel and the turning seasons. Most are finished with hair clips but of course you can attach them to drums, coup sticks, or any place that suits you.
PS. Feathers are moulted naturally from the owners and no harm has been done to any bird. Some feathers are wild foraged, others from birds kept by professional falconers.
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