Seton's Thoughts on Native American Regalia
Randy Worcester (RandyWoo@AOL.COM)
Thu, 8 Feb 1996 22:32:55 -0500
As we've discussed, it was Ernest Thompson Seton that added the Native
American theme to Cub Scouting. I was able to get a message to his daughter
and asked what Seton would think today of the wearing of the Native American
Regalia in Cub Scouting.
...........she said that Seton would have approved the idea of wearing Indian
dress only under the following conditions:
The boys make the Indian dress as a learning craft project.
If it was made with the highest respect of the Indian culture in which the
No mixing of tribal dress together.
If it was made and worn with the spirit of Beauty, Truth, Wisdom and Love,
and following the Laws of Woodcraft.
Learning to respect the ideals and customs of other cultures other than your
own is a Seton philosophy .
A poor imitation of Native American Indian dress bought off the rack would
not be a learning process and therefore not condoned by Seton. Nor would
mixing of the tribes' dress be appropriate. Learning about the difference in
the dress of the different tribes around the country is a good history and
Sounds good to me!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City