Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Flaming Arrows
Re: Flaming Arrows
Mon, 8 Feb 1999 08:53:46 -0500
>Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 09:52:52 -0600
>From: Benjamin Pharr <benpharr@NETWORK-ONE.COM>
>Subject: Flaming Arrows
>Suddenly, a spotlight pierces the darkness. What is that?
>standing in the middle of the water? (He is actually
>platform sunk 2" below the water.) He holds his hands up
>some Indian word. As soon as he holds his hands up, the
>comes sailing 15'-20' above his head.
I'm sure that, from a superficial viewing standpoint, this
is a very impressive ceremony. Using some simple materials,
you've done pretty well with the "special effects."
But... :) Not a flame, just a concern.
I'm not going to mention the inherent safety dangers -- if
it's worked well for your camp and you're willing to take
the risk, that's your decision. Personally, I wouldn't be --
but the beauty of the Scout program is that, apart from
policy violations, it's adaptable to the people and places
Rather, my concern is the portrayl of the American Indian.
Do "Indians" routinely walk on water? Do they yell some
"Indian word" before launching mystical fireballs at Scout
campfires? If you had native people at your campfire, what
do you think they would think about your opening? Are there
as equally impressive yet historically accurate ways to use
a Native American theme in your campfire openings?
Just some food for thought to chew on on a Monday morning.
Yours in Scouting,
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