Four Views of a Ceremonial Dance Hand Fan


This fan is composed of eight turkey feathers arranged in a flat diamond-shape with the base made of two uniform pieces of birchbark sewn with a root twine. On the base of the fan there is extraordinary porcupine quillwork featuring three red flowers with green stems and yellow centers. At the bottom of the handle there are two yellow petals and one red petal connnecting the flower stems and petals together. A tag attached to the fan says "Ottawa-style porcupine on birchbark dance fan ($85)" indicating this is a contemporary piece. The handle is 10 1/4" long, with the feathers adding another 6 1/2", totaling 16 3/4 inches long.