|Whoa, it's as light as a feather!|
|an owl seen in ROSWELL|
MacLachlan lifts a large section of something crumpled and shiny, and exclaims, “Whoa, it’s as light as a feather.”
At that moment something flutters in the background and lands on a wooden railing behind the actors. Then there is a close up of a great horned owl. I don’t see any deep mystery here, it feels like this owl is used as nothing more than a spooky set piece. This is a movie about a UFO crash, unlike INTRUDERS (1992) with its owls and a focus on abductions.
What is of note is that the word feather was spoken the instant before the owl made its cameo.
In the lore of the plains Indians, owl feathers are considered deceiver feathers, and these men are all part of a plot to deceive the public. The owl as a night totem represents darkness and mystery. When you fan someone with owl feathers, they are silent. In opposition, eagle feathers are warrior feathers related to the sun. This is similar to Zeus (or Jupiter), the sky god with his companion eagle.
Kyle MacLachlan was no stranger to the owl and UFO meme, having just finished his role as special agent Dale Cooper on Twin Peaks.
Paul Davids was the executive producer of Roswell, and he’s a regular face at UFO conferences. He was in the audience when I gave my owl talk at the IUFOC in February of 2014. He came up afterwords and complimented me on the presentation.