Ernest R. Spradling, P.E. (Freemason@AOL.COM)
Sun, 18 Jun 1995 11:52:45 -0400
On Sat, 17 Jun 1995 16:55:54 -0400 Bill Goldsworthy <BGOLDSWO@AOL.COM> wrote:
It is quite true that some Native American groups have a negative opinion of
the OA, because of stereotypical portrayals. For the most part, the bad
feelings come from a misunderstanding on both sides. OA has, nationally,
made considerable effort in the last 30 years to work with Native American
groups. I remember the first clarification on prohibition of religious
dances, specifically the Blackfoot Snake Dance, back in the 60's, because of
its religious content.
This apparently was escalated during the 1980's, as the Native Americans have
been empowered through the court system, and they have felt they could better
assert that power. Bully to them.
>Yes, the Order of the Arrow is permitted to use Native American attire in
>ceremonies and in dance (Lodge Dance teams etc.) but the use of wigs, face
>paint, body paint and protected animal species is prohibited. The rules
>governing the use of these items is for competition but still apply for
>regular OA weekends. "Use of face and body paint is prohibited at sectional
>and national competitions. Use of face/body skin coloring or wigs in
>simulation of ethnic traits is not acceptable.*" Outfitting should "not
>violate local American Indian concerns, should be of same tribe or region,
>and as authentic as possible*"
> So the final answer is NO members are not allowed to use wigs, body/face
>paint or any other type of material, song or dance deemed offensive by the
>Native American society.
>This is expressivly forbidden at Sectional/National events but occasionalyy
>Lodges use them at their own discretion (Also not approved of)
I beg to differ on the interpretation of the prohibition on the use of face
paint (not the base color used to create ethnic similarities). This can be
done, if the local OA lodge consults and cooperates with the local Native
American group. This means a lot of work on both sides, though.
Katinonkwat 93 has been working extensively with the local Native American
societies, both to collect information on authentic local ceremonial
costuming (and yes, the Natives call them costumes, too), but also the colors
and shapes of face paint patterns that are not offensive to their
ethnic/religious tenets. It took a few years, but both sides are talking to
and cooperating with each other. This was ironed out before implementation.
Now, understand that this applies only to local Lodge ceremionial events -
this is approved by the local Native American groups before implementation.
The Sectional and National competition prohibitions will still apply.
The moral of the story is that reasonable compromises can be reached if
everyone is reasonable and works together.
(and a good ole Owl, too)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City