We have been not so much hunters but very good gatherers for a very long time. Locally each year people hunt goose and snow goose legally along the Saint Laurence river near Montreal. They eat the meat but the wings are not used. We have arranged for an outfitter to save the wings for us. Last year we brought them down a huge freezer…..when they filled it we drove down and picked up the wings. We did this two times last fall and we are very well stocked in wings and feathers. They would have all ended up in the garbage. We did not kill these birds for the feathers. In our tradition we use all that is possible, we respect the lives of those around us and feel that to extend the medicine of these winged ones is respect for their gift.
These Fans are used for many purposes. They are great for Smudging (burning medicines, sage, sweetgrass etc) and blowing /moving the smoke over someone/thing to be blessed or cleansed. Our fans are also very popular for dancers. In Powwows both men and women dancers have fans as part of their regalia. These are perfect.