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Wanted: Turkey Feathers

by Ed Godfrey Published: April 23, 2013
A male turkey in Guthrie , Oklahoma , May 5 , 2011. Photo by Steve Gooch,
A male turkey in Guthrie , Oklahoma , May 5 , 2011. Photo by Steve Gooch,

Members of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma are asking turkey hunters to provide feathers for their ceremonial Turkey Dance.
“We have about 20 dances carried over from ancient times,” said Phil Cross, a historian for the Caddo Culture Club in Binger.
“We have a special dance called the Turkey Dance that is one of our most cherished. We use the feathers of the wild turkey in our dances and regalia.”
With Oklahoma’s wild turkey hunting season underway, Harris is hoping that hunters could donate some feathers for the ceremonial dances.
“Wing and tail feathers are the most desired for making our fans and other items,” Cross said.
The Caddo Culture Club was established many years ago to preserve and teach the Caddo Indian culture and traditions.
Members of the club have appeared at powwows, universities, public schools, civic clubs, historical societies and museums throughout the United States to perform their dances.
If you have turkey feathers to donate, call Harris at (405) 933-2473 or email
More information about the club can be found at

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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