Re: Order of the Arrow
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Thu, 17 Sep 1992 11:23:11 EDT
The OA has been asked to elliminate the use of several kinds of
totems, and MASKS, and now the paint, because the average scout
that does the ceremonies has no idea of what all the "MEANINGS"
may be to the native americans. The turtle for example is a
main character in the story or legend of creation. Mask's
were used for various conections with the SPIRIT world etc.
The symbols and application of FACE or BODY paint has varied meanings
and is some areas was referred to as WAR PAINT.
Most of the time it is so dark that you can't see face/body paint
anyway. Sure we are using the basis of a Native american legend
to create an Honor society for our BEST scouts, but if we DIS-honor
those whose legend it was to begin with, do we really serve the
higher purpose? I don't remeber what Metu was waering at my ordeal!
I do remember the legend, and the fire, and the meaning of the arrow etc.
I don't think the loss of PAINT will hurt the ceremonies in the long run.
Don Izard, Still active in the OA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City