Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Fri, 18 Sep 1992 11:01:05 CDT
As promised, following is word by word the memo as I received it yesterday
from our OA advisor, who received it from the lodge:
NON-NATIVE AMERICAN FACE PAINT STATEMENT
The Order of the Arrow has for many years encouraged its members and all
members of the Boy Scouts of America to be authentic and accurate in dress
when emulating Native American people in social and competition dancing.
Until relatively recently this has not been extended to Order of the Arrow
ceremonies and ceremonies competition.
Rules regarding appropraite dances and dance clothing have been published
and made available to every Order of the Arrow lodge dance team. Some
effort has been made to do the same for ceremonies teams. These rules have
not touched upon the use of face paint, body paint or wigs. With the
apparent increase in the use of these items among Order of the Arrow dance
teams and ceremonies teams, it is felt that a statement of policy
concerning their use by Order of the Arrow members is due.
The use of fact paint, body paint and wigs by non-Native Americans is
offensive to many Native American people and thus should be discouraged as
inappropriate for Order of the Arrow members.
Beginning with the 1992 Order of the Arrow National Conference, face paint,
body paint and wigs will not be permitted in social or competition dancing
or in ceremonies or ceremonies competition during Order of the Arrow events.
Also, since we are the host council for the section conclave this weekend,
I have received assurances that any new info would be brought to my
attention next week. Hope this helps.
Chicago Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City