We just returned from our pre-camp fellowship. Troop 50 scouts and adults worked hard at Camp Rainey Mountain, preparing the property for summer camp in June.
Best of all, we invited a new Ordeal member into our brotherhood of cheerful service.
Also, two former Troop 50 scoutmasters completed their Vigil weekend and received the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow on a member.
More here: http://www.oa-bsa.org/pages/content/the-vigil-honor
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Mowogo Indian Affairs presents the Mowogo Indian Seminar Service Day. Join us Friday evening for Dance and Drum related crafts. Saturday morning will be dedicated to various aspects of Native American Dance and Drum as done by the Order of the Arrow.
Instruction for Ceremonial Outfit construction will also be available. After lunch Saturday we will be giving cheerful service to Scoutland in the form of needed work projects.
A Brotherhood Conversion Ceremony will be offered after dinner with the hike starting at approximately 7:00 PM. The evening Pow Wow will be on going after dinner for those brothers not going through or attending the Brotherhood Ceremony.
Date: April 10-12, 2015
Date: April 10-12, 2015
Cost: $15 (plus $15 for Brotherhood conversion)
Friday, January 9, 2015
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
This weekend, my troop is heading to the big Indian Festival and Pow Wow held annually at Stone Mountain Park.
Pow Wows have deep historical roots, going back to the early to mid-19th century when huge summer gatherings of tribes were held on the plains, according to Richard West, Director of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) . The Heluska society of the Omaha in Nebraska had a certain dance with a lively step that it would perform, and other tribes began to notice it. As the concept spread, tribes embraced the tradition of dancing and singing in different ways, adding their own variations. The roots of modern Pow Wows date back 50 to 70 years. From the small gatherings held on college campuses to large urban areas, today’s powwows are contemporary intertribal versions of those 19th-century Pow Wows.
Native Americans were big believers in all things living and spiritual and viewed life and death as an inevitable circle. Some of the powwow ceremonies they conducted celebrated this circle with tribal drums, dancing, food, chanting and traditional healing rituals. They acted out ancient stories handed through the generations, which kept their history alive.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
At tonight's Lau-in-nih Chapter meeting, we practiced with the big drum. As the sun set and darkness settled over everyone, the steady thump flowed over the land. Maybe the land remembered that thump from a long-ago Cherokee or Creek clan drumming under the Hunter's Moon.