OBJECTIVE: Watch Avatar once per every week of 2014.

WHEN: May 16, 2014, 6:45 pm. (Week 20, May 11-17.)

WHERE: In my apartment in Portland, ME.

FORMAT: DVD on a 19” AOC LED computer monitor; digital download on an iPhone 3.

COMPANY: None.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: Groggy.

FEATHERS AND BIRDS:
Okay, so this has been bothering me on and off for a while now. Throughout James Cameron’s Avatar, the Na’vi are seen wearing, and using arrows consisting of, feathers. They’re all over the place.

NeytiriFeather

You’d need to depopulate an Audubon sanctuary to make that necklace.

So where did these feathers come from? Birds, one would assume. But if this is the case, how come we never see any of these feathered animals on Pandora? All of the aerial creatures are smooth, reptile-like animals. Unless someone’s recently just come by and plucked them all, the creatures of the air didn’t provide the Na’vi with those feathers.

BansheeSnarl

“Ain’t gettin’ no quills from me!”

PHONE A FRIEND (OR INTERNET STRANGER, OR WHATEVER):
Okay, so, maybe I’m an idiot, but after keeping an eye out all viewing, I didn’t see any birds. That doesn’t necessarily mean there were none there, though. Maybe there are a whole fucking bunch of birds hiding, Waldo-like, around the edges of shots when I was too busy looking at duckface goat to notice.

DuckfaceGoatWithBirds

Entirely plausible.

Since I really didn’t care to expend any further thought on this question, I figured that the best course of action would be to go check and see if the Avatar fandom had any answers to the “feathers without birds” conundrum. While I found no definitive answer, I did find a fervent and sometimes heated debate on the issue. If the top Avatar minds can’t figure this one out, what chance do I have?

So, what’s the deal? Eh. James Cameron probably wanted his space natives to have pretty feather necklaces, and cute colorful arrows, but apparently didn’t take any time to think about where they would come from. Oh well. Just shoot me already.

QuaritchArrowed

But only if you can tell me where you got those feathered arrows from.