CHIEF EAGLE OF PEACE
EAGLE CLAN MEMBERS
CLOUD THAT WATERS
EAGLE STRONG CLAW
GREY TAIL FOX
LITTLE RUNNING BEAR
LOVING BLUE WOLF
REIN OF PEACE
WALKS WITH WISDOM
The Eagle was the great sacred bird to most Native American tribes, as it was to the Cherokee.
It placed a prominent role in our ceremonies, especially to those relating to war.
The killing of an Eagle to obtain the prized feathers could only be done by a designated Eagle killer, who like other "professions" within the tribe, was specifically chosen and trained for that purpose.
The Eagle killer was taught not only how to kill an Eagle, but also the "prescribed forms and prayers to be said afterwards in order to retain pardon for the necessary sacrilege, and thus ward off vengeance from the tribe."
Mooney, P281 Killing as Eagle out of season, late fall or winter, could cause a front to destroy the corn and snakes to become doubly dangerous.
Eagle songs were only sung after the snakes had "Gone to sleep for the winter".
Only great warriors or Medicine Men were allowed to actually wear the feather