Big Bird Design.
Cormorant. This is the design the
members of the Peyote Cult take of
ance and authority in their ritual. It is used in many
different ways and designs as the messenger bird who
flies in the
interior of the tepee, to whom prayers may be
trusted, and it is the
only one who can carry the message
to the heart of the unknown mysteries.
He also repre-
sents the Sun in other designs, as well as the great water
bird. The idea is also that most of us have the desire of
expression. The outstretched wings mean this -
the flight into the unknown.
The outstretched neck is
important. The bird is reaching and swaying.
shoulders are the symbols of the peyote plant. The herb
contracted with cotton substance in the center.
Spiral moving arrangements
of cotton fibers in the design.
When green the picked herb is sometimes
four or five
inches across. It is then treated to dry and shrink it.
The idea of this is known as Father Peyote. It can be
taken in water
as well as eaten. The cotton substance is
sometimes cleaned out. Blue
feathers stand for the sky
bird, who has authority in early morning,
morning song is sung. The bird is a symbol. The struc-