Feathers are some of the most special gifts of the natural world, and combined with the kaleidoscopic patterns of peyote stitch beadwork they are truly beautiful. Whether they are wild turkey, bird of prey, or colourful feathers from tropical birds, they all bring magic into the world.
These are formed from a group of carefully matched feathers fixed into a handle which is then beaded in eye-catching peyote stitch beadwork. Plied deerskin tassels hang from the base of the fan's handle.
Theses fans are often used for smudging and blessing, as well as for healing work. Often Nick will use beautiful wild turkey tail or wing feathers, which are very traditional feathers, but sometimes it is possible to make a fan from crow or swan, bird of prey, or tropical bird feathers such as macaw feathers.
The feathers in these fans are designed to float and dance as the fan is moved. They are not really suitable for use as smudging fans, rather they are used as prayer, blessing and healing tools.
The number of feathers in each fan varies from between six and about twelve, and they are set into a peyote beaded handle. Sometimes each of the feathers quills are beaded in peyote stitch beadwork too, to match the beadwork on the handle.
A single feather may be used for smudging, prayer, calling to spirit helpers, healing, or many other medicine uses. The quill of the feather is wrapped in buckskin and beaded in peyote stitch beadwork. The feathers Nicholas uses are generally wild turkey.