Native Americans believed their prayers and messages were sent to spirit on the wings of many great birds, such as the Eagle and the Hawk. Each different type of feather carried different spiritual meanings to them. Feathers were used in headdresses for sacred ceremonies and to make smudging fans to honor the Great Spirit, the Earth, and all the creatures of the earth.
Prayer Feathers are used in smudging because it is said to carry your thoughts, words, feelings and intentions to the Great Spirit. Each time you look at your Sacred Prayer Feather your wishes, prayers and intentions are again carried out into the Great Heavens.