Beaded Sashes and Legends
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Mon, 20 Jun 1994 01:18:07 -0600
Just a brief note in re this now long thread. My beaded sash was based
for measurement purposes on my Brotherhood sash. It was created by,
however, by warping a loom and sewing the finished sash to a strip of
muslin (taken from a bank bag--some of the heaviest muslin I've ever seen.
In fact, I've passed a number of the bags on to members who couldn't
afford hides for costumes.).
My pattern includes nothing from the OA Legend, but it does incorporate
elements which I find important from my specific heritage, being of Iroquois
and Apache descent. Only those persons who have some pretty strong
knowledge about these two Nations, or who habve approached me for an
explanation, understand my inclusion of the Winds, the Earth, the Sky, the
So, perhaps my slant is somewhat different. I feel that my method
advances the purposes or Spirit of the Order and of the law without
diminishing nor undermining either. This sash finds itself rarely
displayed and even more rarely worn for three reasons: 1-It is not
official, and most occassions where a sash is worn warrant the Official
Uniform, including the Official Sash. 2-It is quite heavy, making lengthy
wearing uncomfortable, and definitely not for dancing. 3-It is quite
valuable, not just in actual cost of materials and time, but also as a
piece of work by a Native American (I've been offered $300 for a set of
shoulder strips that represent about the same material and time investment
and quality. I refuse to even discuss the possibility of selling my sash
for some reasons that I think most of you will understand. Although it
differs signicficantly, just think of selling your first Vigil sash for
cash and you'll get a similar feeling.).
Ryan Keil, BEAR-ly Scoutin'
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City