Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Wed, 17 Feb 1993 15:26:07 EST
More on OA ceremonies:
Besides KNOWing the parts, and learning the proper emphasis
for each part, the most visual parts of the OA ceremonies
is the regalia or outfit, BUT NOT A COSTUME. DO NOT USE the
'C' word. Spend some time and research the indian history
from your own area! Find out what authentic items that they
wore that were specific to your area. Many did not wear the
typical feathered headress common for the plains indians.
Visit a local reservation or see if a local UNiversity
has a native american studies department as a resource.
And AVOID the use of sacred items such as MASKS, or even
face paint. The OA sponsors various Indian "workshop"
type programs at the National OA conference, and even at
some sectional events. Ask you OA pro staff advisor, or
your OA section advisor. Our group also likes to use
lots of home made candels and torches. (BUT NO LIQUID fuels)
Constructing a proper cememonies area, with some back ground
work can also help make a big impact. Just standing in the
words by a small fire, while some guy READS to you, as he
wears sneakers, jeans and a feather in his hat, does not
leave much impression with the new members. But, consider
your group exceptional, if you can 4 scouts to take the time
to care and/or create authentic outfits, learn the parts,
and construct a proper ceremonial area!
Don, Ho-De-No-Sau-NEE lodge 159, 30 years and still looking for that arrow!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City