White Pine Dancers
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM)
Tue, 25 Feb 1997 19:09:24 -0500
Once again I would like to draw the list's attention to one of our
Council's finest program resources, the White Pine Dancers (Post 433).
This group gave us a number of Native American dances; some serious,
some humorous, some audience participation (the Scouts especially liked
the Ant Dance, where they all get to yell at each other). They put on
an extended program at Pack 69's Blue and Gold dinner this last Sunday.
Everyone enjoyed them, and my successors in the Pack leadership are
already looking to sign them up for next year. The Scouts sat enthralled
around the dance floor for the entire program (at least, those parts of
the program where they themselves weren't out on the dance floor).
Those of you planning a program for your Scouts will especially appreciate
having a program that doesn't require your Scouts to sit still and
watch for an entire hour.
Having this group at our Blue and Gold is especially instructive to the
Cub Scout youth. Too much of the Cub Scout program stereotypes Native
American culture. The White Pine Dancers' program helps the Cubs (and
their parents) to understand and enjoy aspects of Native American
culture without ramming either stereotypes or political correctness
down anyone's throats. I would recommend anyone looking for a program
for their Blue and Gold, or anyone looking to make authentic Native
American culture a part of their program to consider contacting
the White Pine Dancers. Len Vece (708.345.8996) handles the arrangements.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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