The ancient Cherokee’s connection to the “Bird Tribes” is fascinating and we are so fortunate that the elders and medicine men shared their stories with James Mooney in the 1870’s. Here is the continuing account from his book, Myths of the Cherokee.
Part 1: The Wild Boy
[from Myths of the Cherokee, by James Mooney]
When I was a boy this is what the old men told me they had heard when they were boys.
When we think of Native American clothing, we often picture colorful, feathered costumes. Although some Cherokee may have worn feathered headdresses to show off for tourists, their ancestors did not. The spectacularly colored feathered costumes seen at Pow-wow’s and Native American festivals or dances are based on ceremonial costumes worn by the Plains Indians that were made popular in the early Wild West shows and, of course, in Hollywood movies.
In ancient times, Cherokee men might pull their hair through a short, hollow deer bone and attach beads or a feather or two to the bone.