signified wisdom to the Native American Indian. Believed to have the
faculty of speech, the crow was perceived as a "pathfinder" on hunting
parities, and to adorn oneself with crow's feathers was a trend adhered
to by a number of tribes. To stuff an actual crow and wear it as a
headdress, however, has no historical antecedent in American Indian
lore. That was -- until an American actor, with Indian heritage
envisioned a new "Tonto" for the 21st Century.