Re: "Indian" Costume for Cubs?
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 29 Sep 1992 09:37:35 EDT
That is almost exactly the point I tried to make in my POSTING about
BSA regulations and guidelines. If you do take the time to read them,
you get more confused!
However, to the case of the CUBS, our pack has done the same INDIAN
program, often with a Native American at the pack meeting. What our
pack does is to have each CUB make a vest from a red material, or
buy the BSA red patch vest. Then they are to use other material
to cut out symbols to tell their "story" in cubs. The center of
the back of the vest is a "designated" area for a large PINE tree.
Then they can also make a loin cloth to "extend" there story later.
They can also add mocasins. Each NEW cub is given one white feather
when they join. This white feather goes as the center piece of the
GUS-to-weh or bonet, in the style of one of the Iroquois nations.
They earn more feather with each rank, arrow point, pin etc. So,
most Webelos have fully feathers head gear. While the younger braves
have only the single feathers. Each year we marched in the Memorial
Day parade in our indian gear to include the CUB master, and even some
of the Den leaders. We made it a policy NOT to wear face paint or
body make up, and no wigs or masks, since the people at the Native
American center in Niagara Falls had told of the various problems
with improper understanding of the meanings of such items.
It is posible to have fun, learn about the Native American customes,
and not to offend ANY one, not BSA, and not the Indians! It takes
A just takes a little PLANNING, and some research. I have a few copies
left of the IROCRAFT publication, "COSTUMES of the IROQUOIS" or
The costume of the Iroquois and HOW to make it. It explains the
meaning of waering certain itmes like animal skins! (the wearer of a
skin hopes that the SPIRIT of the animal will share his "SPECIAL" powers
with the one wearing the skin, etc.) There or many other such booklets
available from IROCRAFTS ltd, R.R. #2, Ohsweken, Ontario Canada, NOA 1MO
I would expect such resoruces are available for each area of the country.
Don Izard, scouter
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City