Eagle feather tattoos symbolize patriotism, strength, courage, prestige and leadership. Single fallen eagle feather tattoos often take on a more personal meaning, such as the loss of a loved one or a new birth.
In Native American culture, eagle feathers represent duality. The dark and light contrast of an eagle feather symbolizes daylight and darkness and summer and winter. Bald eagles and golden eagles are especially significant in Native American culture, as they represent truth, wisdom, power, courageousness and majesty. A common belief among Native Americans is that eagles have a strong connection to the heavens and carry messages to the afterworld, as the eagle can fly higher than any other bird.