Re: BSA & Native American Culture.
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Fri, 14 Oct 1994 00:16:34 -0400
In my youth, I was a member of OA in Ojibawa Lodge 173. By 1971 when I
was chief we had developed a new set of costuming based on local Woodland
Indiana culture and clothing and were surprised to receive thanks from a
few Native American groups for respecting their ancestoral cultures. Our
Vigil Honor names were mostly taken from the Delawares, but some were also
from the Ojibawas, Sauk, Kickapoo, Weas, Fox and other tribes native to
Locally here in Virginia, we have in training encouraged leaders to be
selective about cheers, being careful not use old ones in some books that
could be offensive. There are still some in print in Group Meeting
Sparklers and other cheer books that we found were offensive to various
groups; e.g. the Chinese cheer - Fooey! Fooey! Fooey!, the Kiowa Indian
Yell, etc. In looking over the Sparklers I found to my surprise that it
does list the How! How! How! cheer as well. While well intentioned at
some point, these cheers that now seem to give offense can be avoided.
Its more important to make everyone feel welcome and there are plenty of
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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