Zuni eagle cage

Zuni eagle cage
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 30cm x 22cm

Description

View of a Zuni man standing beside an eagle cage, a structure made of earth and branches, on top of which sits an eagle. According to James Stevenson's original note for this photograph (prepared circa 1885), the 'people of Zuni possess about seventy-five of these birds which are kept only for their feathers, the bird itself never being elevated to the dignity of an object of worship by the Zunis. These eagles are kept in stockade cages, and fed on such refuse material as the Indian can provide. The tail feathers and white downy undergrowth are deemed the most desirable, an area used by the Indians to ornament their persons in sacred dances and ceremonies.'

Due to the nature of these images, prints will reproduce any signs of age, wear or damage that occurred before they were archived by the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Image Details

Accession Number
 
1998.273.3
Country
 
United States of America
Region
 
New Mexico; Zuni
Cultural Group
 
SW Pueblo Zuni
Photographer
 
John (Johannes) Karl Hillers
Date
 
1879

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