Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 2, 2018

“I know this topic has come up before in Order of the Arrow threads, but I feel like there is not much that is being done on this issue of Indian-play in the ceremonies (please correct me if there is active work on this). This image is from the National Museum of American Indian exhibit “Americans” on American Indian imagery and stereotypes. Order of the Arrow ceremonies developed at a time when there was an American fascination and romanticization of Native Americans during Goodman et al’s time.”

“I work with American Indian communities and many Natives find appropriation of Native American clothes and items to be problematic because they are taken out of their original cultural, social, and spiritual context. I think as an organization, there should be active work to stop using American Indian clothing and items for Order of the Arrow ceremonies and honor the request of many American Indian communities to stop Indian-play. Any thoughts on this matter? I feel it is important to have a conversation about this issue. Please keep it cordial.”

I will take no stand here since I’m more of the journalist just sharing a post that will obviously evoke a strong response one way or the other. I doubt this link to the Facebook Post will work for most of you unless you are already a member of the Group called Vigil Honor Brothers; Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui.

 

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