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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For centuries, the Zuni Pueblo Indian tribe of New Mexico has been caring for eagles and collecting their feathers for use in tribal ceremonies. An aviary designed by a University of Florida professor ensures that tradition will continue for generations to come.
"This is a tribe that is very linked to their heritage and to their lands," said Donna L. Cohen, who has taught at the University of New Mexico and has been teaching in UF's School of Architecture since 1999.
"This aviary will really become part of the landscape in New Mexico due to its cultural significance."
Although the aviary, known as the Zuni Eagle Sanctuary, is the first of its kind in American Indian communities, the practice of caring for injured golden and bald eagles is intertwined with the history of the …