This Native American feather fan is an example of a ceremonial tool commonly used by many tribes and nations in cleansing rituals and sometimes before or during certain healing ceremonies. It is a common belief among Native and First Peoples that feathers are sacred; especially those the powerful and graceful Eagle. It is because the winged ones are able to soar heavenward - closer to the Creator than man. Feather fans like these are used along with sacred herbs and plants that are burned during prayer or cleansing. It's believed that the smoke from the sacred herbs is carried skyward along with our prayers - directly to the Great Spirit and that if the heart is pure then we shall be heard.
These decorative feather fans are used to gently wave the sacred smoke throughout and around a a person or space; combing the air and leaving the area pure and free from negative energy.