Moccasins worn by Two Guns White Calf with feather symbols
Moccasins worn by Two Guns White Calf with feather symbols

Symbolism

Feathers

Eagle feathers referred to courageous deeds. This pair of moccasins features two stylized feathers rising from the top of a tipi. They were worn by one of the most important Indian leaders of the 20th century, the Blackfoot chief Two Guns White Calf. Some say that it is his portrait on the Indian head nickel issued by the United States government in 1913.

Shield with Feathers

Both eagle feathers and shields were symbols of warriors. This symbol has also been identified as a war bonnet. It was a popular design with the Assiniboine and Sioux.

Arrows

Like eagle feathers and shields, arrows are warrior symbols. Arrows shooting away from the wearer may symbolize an attack on the enemy.
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