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The Story of the Feather

Updated on May 25, 2014

The following story was told to me by the Fire Keeper, from the Dokis First Nation Pow-wow. He is a most amazing Spirit and I have been lucky enough to be able to spend a little time with him in the past few years, here and there. We get along quite well, in my opinion.

I did not ask to be told this story but the Fire Keeper told me the story because he saw the Feathers on my walking stick (I have a special walking stick for many years now, it is a Power Object and has a few different Feathers on it as well). I remember the day as if it was today.

Holding one of my Feathers gently, the Fire Keeper became quiet for a few seconds as if he was drawing the information from the middle of the Earth.

“The Feather, is like the path in our life”, he started saying.

He held the Feather from the bottom of its stem and told me to pay attention how the stem of the Feather runs straight, from top to bottom.

“That is the good path in Life: the road we should walk on.”

Yet, as the Fire Keeper explained, in Life we have many obstacles. We often have detours or sometimes we end-up making mistakes and walking off the good path and those many wrong turns which many of us encounter in our lives, are represented by the little fine hairs on each Feather which grow sideways from the main stem of the Feather. All those little independent hairs of the Feather are dead-end roads. For some they may represent an indulgence in the Fire Water (alcohol), or an addiction to gambling or any other dead-end of that sort. So, if we have deviated off the main vein of the Feather, we should be aware: the road has no future and thus, we should search to find our way back to the main stem of the Feather: the Red Road, the good road.

The Feather represents Life and our journey.

I wrote this story in Brian’s honor: the Fire Keeper, may Wakan Tanka always walk with Him!

And the second reason I wrote this story is for Mr. Aravind (, to whom I have given a Friendship Feather. Two Feathers came together: one small one I held and the bigger one I gave to him, in good Spirit.

I wish everyone well.


Note: My photograph, Brian, the Fire Keeper, at Dokis First Nations, 2012, Ontario, Canada


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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I missed your comment here Mrs. Poulsen, my apology. Thank You for the visit and for leaving a comment. I am happy You enjoyed the story. All the very best! : )

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      Kari Poulsen 

      3 years ago from Ohio

      I like this story. And it is very true. :)

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Sorry for the delayed answer Mr. Buddhaanalysis, I have been traveling through the U.K. for the past two weeks.

      I appreciate You taking the time to read and comment. You can find me easier on "Spiritual Networks" nowadays. It is a lovely social website, no drama just Love. : ) Same name, same avatar: Mr. Happy

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      6 years ago

      I am big fan of you Mr. Happy. May i get your fb or other social link to be in contact with you.

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      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You, DzyMsLizzy. : )

      I like Morality tales and perhaps that is why some people share their stories with me. I always appreciate the opportunity and then, I try to share them with others as well.

      All the best!

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      Liz Elias 

      7 years ago from Oakley, CA

      The best stories and morality tales are always short and sweet. This is a wonderful illustration, and the feather is a great analogy.

      I was saddened to see quite a large amount of feathers near my front gate the other day, as it seemed evident that a cat had caught a bird. I was sad for the untimely end of the bird, and sad for the cat, left to roam outdoors at risk from other predators and from cars.

      I came inside, and hugged each of my own cats in turn.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for taking the time to read and comment, Mr. Spirit Whisperer. I am happy You enjoyed the story. : )


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      Xavier Nathan 

      8 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you for sharing this very beautiful and wisdom laden story you wrote in Brian's honour. I do not know Brian but he must have been very special to be honoured in this way. I love your stories and this one particular is a reminder for me. Sláinte.

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings SilentReed,

      I think Life is a long-learning experience in itself: riding tall waves, crashing with some, getting back up, etc. You expressed it very well: "the totality of our life experiences". All is important.

      Thank You for stopping by.

      All the very best!

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      I'm trying to imagine a bird whose plumage consists only of long straight stems. It would make for a very dull and unnatural bird. :) God intended those feathers for a purpose, and I like to think that if our life is represented by the main stem of the feather, then the fine hairs that extend in opposite direction make up the totality of our life experiences. Like a feather, it comes in different size, shape and colors.

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mr. Shivanchirakkal10,

      I am not sure what 'Father in your cap' (writings), means but I'll take it as a good thing. Haha!!

      Thank You for your visit and for taking the time to write a comment.


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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mrs. Ruchira,

      I agree that this was an interesting story. Well, I find all stories relating to morality interesting. That is generally what I write about to begin with. I am happy that You found it interesting.

      All the very best! : )

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mr. Aravind,

      Thank You for taking the time to read and comment on this story.

      To begin with, Feathers are very important for people of the First Nations, for pagans, druids and the like. They are not only used in the regalia (costume/clothing attire) but they are also used for example in smudging, or some First Nations people give an Eagle Feather for boys turning of age and so on.

      The Feathers came from the same place, they were together at one time and in Spirit they will always be together. They represent Life.

      Cheers! : )

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Glad to see You stop by, Mr. Diogenes!

      I am also happy that You enjoyed the story - I hardly ever never know who likes what ... I just write.

      Wish all the best for You in this somewhat new year.


    • shivanchirakkal10 profile image


      8 years ago

      Good work Mr.Happy!

      While reading it given a feather touch feeling.

      Wish to say 'Father in your cap' (writings).

      Thank you.

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      Amy Becherer 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I have always looked at feathers as having a "spine", being the strength, the support of each feather. Like every feather, each human being takes many detours, but it's the strength of the spine that determines how we land. Thank you for sharing your experience, Mr. Happy.

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      8 years ago from United States

      Interesting concept, Mr. Happy

      Never thought of feathers telling a story via our lives.

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 

      8 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      This is so simple, lucid and beautiful. Thank you Mr.Happy and I shall remember the same whenever I see the feather now. Could you also enlighten me on whether there is a story about how two feathers link two souls?

      I remember reading the story of the two wolves - white and black - which you sent to me as a video. These metaphorical stories and so powerful in their message...

      Thank you once again Mr.Happy. Always a pleasure to read what you write, hear what you say and see what you do...

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      8 years ago from UK and Mexico

      I love to hear the philosophy from the Tribes. The spine of the feather is not unlike the life-line on the left hand with all it's breaks and distractions.

      Interesting and evocative article


    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hello Mrs. Theresa,

      Yes, this is a short story but I found it quite straight and to the point. Guided by the Eagle, Wolf and Raven Spirit, it was really an honor to have the opportunity and ability to get to know and retell this story. It is all thanks to the Great Spirit and the Universe (and of course, Brian).

      Thank You very much for the visit .

      All the best!

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      Theresa Ast 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      White Wolf - Such a short and simple story he told you. But so profound and such a wonderful metaphor and insight into life. I shall forever look at feathers differently now. Thank you and many blessings.


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