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Zuni eagle cage

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


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
United States of America
New Mexico; Zuni
Cultural Group
SW Pueblo Zuni
John (Johannes) Karl Hillers

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