The Eagle Staff represents the stature and honor of a particular tribe or tribes. It commonly looks like a shepherd’s staff and is wrapped in either otter skin or buffalo skin, and exhibits eagle feathers (mainly tail feathers from a golden eagle) that indicate the Akicita honor of that tribe.
During the Grand Entry, invocation, honor songs and flag songs everyone who is able should stand. First the Eagle Staff is carried into the dance circle by the Head Veteran Dancer. Other veterans will carry flags such as the United States flag.
Women traditional dancers usually dance in the outer edge of the dance circle bending their knees and staying in one spot.