May 14, 1979 12:00 PM

The snow-weary pigeons outside the Field Museum of Natural History are probably too busy cooing about the spring thaw to notice, but Chicagoans are flocking to see “Feather Arts: Beauty, Wealth and Spirit from Five Continents.” The 260 feathered objects in this first-time-ever exhibit were fashioned from the plumage of an enormous variety of birds. The artworks range from the ancient (a 1,000-year-old Peruvian mantle of macaw) to the modern (parrot headdresses still being crafted by Brazilian tribes), and even include a scary pair of emu-feather sorcerer’s shoes from Western Australia held together with dried blood and worn only for casting spells. The exhibit remains at the Field until July 31, then takes wing to Pittsburgh in November, New York next April and San Francisco in November 1980.

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