The American Indian and the Bald Eagle|
The American Indian and The Bald Eagle
Native American Indians have been living in America long before the white man ever came here. There were probably about 10 million Indians living in North America at the time the “white man” arrived. The first Native Americans were believed to have arrived during the last ice-age. Somewhere around 20,000-30,000 years ago and they came through a land-bridge across the Bering Sound, from northeastern Siberia into Alaska. The name “Indian” was given by Christopher Columbus who believed mistakenly that the mainland and islands of America were part of the Indies in Asia. Although, the ancient ways of the American Indian is lost, the religion, culture, legends and spirit will endure. The Native Americans were very spiritual and had many beliefs: the bald eagle is connected to many stories in their history. (Rice, 2008) Haliaeetus leucocephalus ‘ most commonly known as the bald eagle. The bald eagle is one of the most beautiful creatures known to man. The bald eagle typically measures from 30 -43 inches in length, and 70 to 96 inches in width with a wing span from 23 to 25 inches. Its feathered body is white in color and on its head neck and tail, while the rest of its body is brown. (Huddleston, 2009) When the baby eagle is born until they are teenagers, (approximately 4-6 months old), they are brownish black. Their white head and tail feathers don’t show up until they are 3-5 years old.(Saunders, 2003) Although the bird is far from being bald, the taxonomic name literally means white headed sea-eagle, so bald eagle is actually a misnomer based upon its appearance. The bald eagle in earlier times was widespread all over North America, but now mainly be found only along the Pacific. The largest population of these beautiful birds can be found in Alaska with an impressive...