Lakota people considered feathers as very sacred symbols. They were used on sacred pipes, ceremonies and tied in the hair. Different feathers meant different things, for example; the green feather of the mallard drake embodied generosity and hospitality. The red feather of the redheaded woodpecker symbolized holiness and sincerity. These particular feathers were only worn by holy men. The eagle feather was the representation of purity of life, divine spirit and freedom. The Lakota believed that the eagle was the leader of the bird nation. He has great power and is the only one able to fly high enough to reach the Great Father. He sees all things on earth. To be given a feather was a great honor. It meant that you had done a great deed and proven yourself. This eagle feather shows that the wear is respected by the people. The blue symbolizes wisdom and confidence, the red is all things that are sacred, and white is the human emotion of pleasure.
"When I envisioned the Deeds Well Done Red Bandana Neck/ Head Scarf, I really like the fact that a Lakota did not just honor you because you fought well, or did some extraordinary task, but honored the everyday person you were. To show compassion, wisdom, and understand toward other was just as important. This Red Bandana design reminded me of some of the ancestors like Sitting Bull. He was not only honored for his bravery and visions but also his compassion and wisdom he showed in everyday life"...... Melvin War Eagle.