Michael Claytor (claytorm@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Sat, 17 Jun 1995 11:48:13 -0700
This is in reply to Nancy Smith's message regarding face painting and
wigs in OA ceremonies.
One of the Vice-Chiefs in our Lodge and one of the adult advisors
[ers?] :-) are very proud of their Native American heritage and keep
us advised on traditions, proper costuming, dance, etc. They also let
us know what would be offensive to Native American groups. I
understand that some Native American groups do not like OA members due
to a feeling that some members do not research or properly follow true
Native American traditions.
I have seen face painting and wigs used in places other than our
Council, and I have not yet seen anything official that says that you
cannot use them. However, wigs are not accepted in our Lodge and face
painting is only done by Native Americans who participate. Our own
ceremonies and the appearances that we make at Cub Scout functions
(Blue & Gold, Crossovers, etc.) work out quite well without face
painting or wigs.
Michael A. Claytor
Quanasita Chapter Adviser [or]
Wulakamike Lodge No. 21
[Also SM T117, DelMi District, Crossroads of America Council]
I used to be an Owl....
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