Re: BSA & Native American Culture
Fri, 14 Oct 1994 08:02:23 -0700
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Concerning the recent discussion on Native American culture and the
impact on OA and BSA:
I have in my "junk" somewhere, a book by W.(?) Ben Hunt titled "Indian
Crafts and Lore". I believe that it is back in print now. At least
I think that I saw it at a Tandy Leather store a few months ago.
The local OA Lodge here in Grand Canyon Council is Wipila Wiki. The
name Wipila Wiki is that of a Hopi man who was very active in the BSA
here locally, and lived well into his 90's. As WW was Hopi, and the
lodge name is in his honor, the Wipila Wiki Lodge uses Hopi Tradition
as it's culture base, and has done so for many years. My first contact
with this lodge was in 1961, and they were doing it then.
In the current PC climate, I'm not at all sure how to approach this
problem any more. Several NA "activists" are advancing notions that
the symbols and names used by a tribe and as part of there culture are
inherently copywrited, and any use by a non-tribal member should be
strictly forbidden. While primarily aimed at non-NA artists, I think
that if the Supreme Court were to agree with that position, we would
be in BIG TROUBLE.
The BSA has always had an inclination to use NA culture. If you would
refer to one of the stories in the current issue of Scouting Magazine,
there is an account there of how a boy was awarded the first NA name
ever given to a Boy Scout, at an evening campfire presided over by none
other than Dan Beard.
Just my $0.02 worth...
ASM Troop 323
Grand Canyon Council
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