scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Fwd: Re: Court of Honor Ideas Needed
Janyce Wright (justjanw@HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 16 2000 - 09:28:35 CDT
My oldest went to NOAC 2 years back as part of a dance team. He made a part
of his regalia. At school that year, in a self-determined project class for
1\2 credit, he researched and presented a history and demonstration of
Indian dance. The drummer and mentor of our OA dance team served as his
accompaniment at his school presentation before a board of experts and his
This I gathered from the experience of standing by him as he put all this
together and then reported on it:
The fancy outfits were to attract tips from tourists to feed a starving
people. They had been moved from their homelands, put on reservations in
stark areas with little way to provide for themselves. What resources were
available to them were managed\monitored by people who did not seem to
understand human beings, nevermind the tradition-rich Indian cultures. The
Native Americans used what they had to stand up for themselves.
And it was an act of individual, as well as, group bravery to even dance.
Some law or other forbade, from what I understand.
So the correction of the term regarding how the dancers dressed, is an offer
to inside info on a cherished history lesson, not a swipe of any kind. If
you have an opportunity, I would offer the delight of an Indian Pow-wow. But
stand off and watch for awhile. Seek out a guide. Our OA only dances some
dances with special permission from the originating tribes, according to my
info. Talk about tradition! Courtesies, honor beats, on and on with
proscribed social interactions and protocols. And manners are enforced by
specific, unified tribal action (or inaction).
Even grieving the death of one's mother calls for specific behaviours.
Beautiful examples of humanity and spirit.
When people try to pity me for 'sacrificing' the last 9 years rearing my
grandsons, I simply say, "Not at all." How do I express the richness I've
witnessed in my boys' lives and their scouting experiences? Sometimes words
just get in the way.
YiS Jan Wright
Troop 16 Corpus Christi TX
----Original Message Follows----
Subject: Re: Court of Honor Ideas Needed
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000 14:52:08 EDT
In a message dated 8/15/2000 11:25:01 AM Central Daylight Time,
<< all of our Micosay and OA members come out of the woods from different
directions in costume >>
I have no experience with Micosay, but OA ceremonial teams do not wear
costumes - they wear outfits or regalia.
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