RE: OA face paint
Sleezer, Jim (rhaar@ALBERT.CS.GMR.COM)
Thu, 17 Sep 1992 13:31:01 EDT
The key issue here ought to be the word RESPECT that has been used
several times in this thread.
I have a small amount of Indian blood in me, but know very little
about the cultures and traditions of the Native Americans. So I
cannot tell whether the use of Indian words and costumes was
done in an authentic way.
But I can tell from seeing the OA ceremnies in our Lodge and by talking
to some of the ceremonies team that they take it quite seriously
and work hard to research what they do. And those lodges with
good dance teams go much farther.
I feel that serious study is a much better way to show our respect
towards the native cultures than it is to forbid use of certain
ceremonial aspects like face paint. Unfortunately, it is easier
to implement an across the board ban than it is to encourage
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