Every yesr the Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow is held in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was held in conjunction with the World Eskimo and Indian Olympics. Bird TLC had the great honor of having an eagle released during this time at their event again this year.
Eagels are a symbol to all native people of North America as having great strength. Of all birds of prey, Native Americans give eagles the greatest honor. " Why weDance: to dance is to pray, to pray is to heal, to heal is to give, to give is to live, to live is to dance". This poem by Native American Marijo Moore sums up the meaning behind having and participating in the setting of a powwow for many people. The imporant thing being the prayer; and that is where they hold an eagle in the highest regards, for it is the eagle that carries their prayers to the creator.
BE 04-32 was the last eagle admitted to Bird TLC in 2004. He was found on the ground in Kenai not flying. He had lost a lot of weight and was not looking too well. After cleaning up, feeding him well, plenty of vitamins and looking after him everyday he was sent to the flight center to build up his strength. It's a good thing we got his strength built up be cause he had a very important job to do.
Thanks again to Cindy and Todd Palmatier for the pictures and taking our eagle to the Powwow in Fairbanks.