Feathers mean a lot to Native Tribes. A feather isn’t just something that falls from a bird, it means much more. The feather symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, freedom and many more things. To receive one of these is to be hand-picked from the rest of the men in the tribe - it’s like getting a gift from a high official. If any Indian receives Golden or Bald Eagle feathers, it is one of the most rewarding items they could ever be handed. The Indians believe that eagles have a special connection with the heavens since they fly so close to it. Many Indians believe that if they are given this feather, it is a symbol from above. They believe that the eagle is the leader of all birds, because of how high it flies , and because it sees better than any other bird.