Of all birds
in Native American mythology, the eagle is the most important as symbol, sacrificial
/ ceremonial presence, and ultimate predator/ warrior. The solitary mystery and
power of the eagle as perceived by the Indian was immediately grasped by the emerging
nation of the United States, and "borrowed" for its logo. Pg. 192
Gift of the Gila Monster, Navajo Ceremonial Tales; 1993; Gerald Hausman.
baby hawks or eagles. You'll get a rash or sores on your body. Pg. 82
Taboos; 1991, Ernie Bulow.
('atsa) (P, H), expert and powerful fliers, are believed to derive from Cliff
Scavenger of the Bead Chant placed in an eagle's nest by hostile pueblo people,
refused to deliver the eaglets to them. He lived with the Eagles for some time,
learning about their home and their customs. When the old Eagles came home at
night, they took off their downy garments, which opened down the front, revealing
human forms in white suits which were never removed.
Eagle feathers were of great value to the Navaho in their ceremonies, but the
Eagles of this story shook skin diseases, sores, irritations, and itching on
The bald eagle is held to be the 'first' or ' chief.' In the story of the Eagle
Chant, Monster Slayer, learning the details of eagle catching, did not make
the chant symbol until he was able, by repeating his experiments, to catch a
Hill's account of eagle catching should be compared with the stories of the
Eagle and Bead chants; each record has much to contribute to the others (Reichard,
Shooting Chant ms.; 1939, pp. 26-36; Haile 1938b, p.121; Matthews 1897, pp.
195-208; Newcomb 1940b, pp.50-97).
Religion, Vol II; Gladys A. Reichard, 1950