Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Order of the Arrow
Re: Order of the Arrow
Settummanque, the blackeagle
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 00:35:29 CDT
Earlier I wrote in response to a question about the Order of the Arrow (OA)
and whether or not a local chartered partner understood some misconceptions
about the organization within Scouting:
>*that NO PAINTING OR MARKING OF THE FACE, ARMS OR >ANY PART OF A BODY BY
PARTICIPANTS OR CANDIDATES >ARE PERMITTED AT ANY TIME?
Ron Fox wrote me privately and told me that he thought that Lodges *can* use
face paint if it's been cleared by the local Native American band(s) but it
can't be used at anything above the local Lodge level.
I checked my copy of the Guide for Officers and Advisors (GOA), the
governing book for Order of the Arrow operations locally as well as
nationally and here's specifically what it says about face paint:
(page 28) "The use of face paint, body paint, and wigs by non-American
Indians could be offensive to some groups of American Indian people. Where
lodge activities related to ceremony and dance are offensive to local
American Indians, they must be discontinued for Order of the Arrow members.
"Order of the Arrow national conferences and events conducted beyond the
individual lodge will not permit face paint, body paint or wigs to be used
in social or competition dancing or in ceremonies or ceremony competition.
Appropriate local use is to be interpreted by each lodge based on their
relationship with American Indian tribes in the Council area."
I had thought that the policy was changed to NO paint. I was half right,
and I apologize for the half that I'm not right upon!!
There are some religious bodies which highly object to the marking of any
body with any kind of symbolic mark. Every OA Lodge I've ever been
associated with will honor the right of each participant to choose to be
marked or not, with those not marked given an arrow or other symbol to carry
in their hand as they are being called out.
My point still is valid, however: the chartered partner organization has
been only told of the perceived negative part of the OA and nobody has
bothered to mention the positives associated with the Troop conducting the
election and the membership selected to become OA members. It's important
that we in the Order continue to reach out to chartered partners and tell
them EXACTLY what the Order is all about even if we think they've heard it
Thanks, Ron, for correcting my posting and forcing me to go back to find the
exact passage from the GOA.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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