Art of the Americas to World War I
Special thanks to Dr. Jago Cooper, Kate Jarvis, Matthew Cock, and The British Museum.
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- At4:10, why is it that so many different cultures use bird feathers for rituals and dress?(4 votes)
- Birds are considered mythical throughout the world, most likely for the fact that they can fly, and we cannot. So, we wear them as hats to signify the freedom, power, and majesty are ours also.(5 votes)
- When they say "macaw or vulture", is that because they don't know where those feathers are from or does it mean that the feathers of those two birds were both used? A macaw and a vulture are pretty different.(3 votes)
- They aren't sure which bird the long red feathers came from, it could've been a macaw or a vulture, as there are some very colourful vultures in the world.
They would have to take the headdress apart and clocely study the feather to conclusively identify the species of bird, and its not really worth the possible damage to the headdress.
So they split the difference and say it could be either type of bird.
As far as a concrete answer to your questions: as far as I can tell, one type of feather was used, and they aren't sure which species it came from, since there are several possible choices.(2 votes)
- So many of the Amazon cultures use feathered headresses. Were they developed independently, or was there cultural transfer, or did everything come from a common historical source?(1 vote)
- When they say "macaw or vulture", is that because they don't know where those feathers are from or does it mean that the feathers of those two birds were both used? A macaw and a vulture are pretty different.(0 votes)