Indian Lore Camporee
Len Christiansen (lrchristiansen@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Wed, 8 Oct 1997 17:29:30 -0500
With all the discussion about what to call the people who occupied this
land before the first voyage of Columbus I am almost afraid to post a
request on the subject of Indian Lore. But the need of my troop is great
enough to overcome my fears.
The Spanish Trail District, Mobile Area Council district is having it's
Fall Camporee Oct. 31 - Nov. 1. The theme of the Camporee is Indian Lore
with the idea that the Scouts should be able to complete most of the
requirements for the Indian Lore merit badge during the Camporee.
One of the activities at the Camporee is that each troop will come as an
American Indian tribe and exhibit customs and characteristics of that
tribe during the Camporee. The customs and characteristics may be
related to clothing, dwelling, household equipment, food, games,
hunting, and methods of war, etc.
The Scouts of our troop chose the Flathead tribe from the information in
the Indian Lore MB pamphlet (I would have preferred that they chose a
tribe closer to the Alabama delta, but it sounded neat!). The Scouts are
supposed to be doing research in the library for information on the
Flathead tribe. I have been searching the WWW.
My research to date has taken me to the Montana Indian Tribes page
<http://indy4.fdl.cc.mn.us/~isk/maps/mt/montmap.html> where I found
reference to the Flathead Reservation in western Montana. I thought I
had it made! This lead me to the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes
site at <http://www.ronan.net/~csktadmn/> and Patti Sessions' page at
correspondence with the keepers of these web sites I have learned that
Flathead is a name given to a tribe, or group of tribes, by the white
man, but that this was (is) not a name recognized by American Indians. I
am now concentrating on finding information about the people of the
Salish, Pend d'Orielles, and Kootenai tribes (Even these names are
French! It gets complicated, doesn't it?). Apparently these peoples were
called Flatheads because they spoke nearly the same language as other
tribes from farther west who flattened the foreheads of infants, even
though these peoples did not employ this practice.
I am currently looking for info on the old ways of these people. How did
they live? What kind of dwellings? What did they eat? How did they
gather food? Hunt? Fish? How did they dress? etc. We are in need of
photos, sketches, descriptions, recipes, etc.
Is there a Scouter on the list from western Montana or Idaho who might
have access to some information about these people that you can share
Thank you for your time. I and my Scouts will appreciate any information
you can give us, or point us to.
Len Christiansen firstname.lastname@example.org
SA Troop 292, Mobile, AL ...I used to be an eagle (SR-101-14)!
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