The oldest of the Indian symbols is the Eagle Staff. On the account of their warrior status, Dog Soldiers were given the honour of carrying the staffs.
Representatives of the Oneida, Cherokee, Lokota, Shinnecock, Navajo, Narragansett, Taino and Aztec peoples were present at this PowWow.
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.