Birds populate the heavens and maintain the connection between this world and the spirit world. Feathers therefore bear strong magical capacities; when the human body is clothed in feathers, the mind gains the possibility of flight. Feathers also allow ritual specialists to gain contact with supernatural beings and utilize their powers. Shamans have the ability to leave their bodies to fly throughout the universe. Ritual items ornamented with feathers connect the shaman with his avian spirit helpers and contribute to curing sickness.
Some feather ornaments may be used as daily adornment, reminding wearers and viewers alike of the overlapping relationship between humans and animals.