These smudge fans consists of three feathers wrapped in leather lace and finished with beads. Each fan contains one tail or wing feather, one smaller side feather, and one fluff feather. The length of the feather portion of the fan is approximately 8". Overall length of piece is approximately 11".
About Turkey Medicine —
Turkey, like Buffalo, is very sacred. To the Cherokee People, the turkey is as sacred as the eagle. It is one that gives unconditionally. Turkey is said to offer cleansing and healing, which makes its feathers an excellent choice for smudging fans. Turkeys teach adaptivity, for that is what has helped them survive the destruction of their forest. They are nest sharers, with several hens keeping eggs in same nest and tending to them, insuring a greater survival for all the chicks. Turkey teaches strength through being in "the flock" and allowing others to assist you, in not only finding food but raising your young and being a part of the whole.