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American Indian Show
American Indian Show, was the highly anticipated third show of the week at NOAC 2000. The show's
title A way of Life highlighted different American
Indian cultures and traditions, and feature the best signers and dancers
that the Order has to offer. The show was preceded by the usual music, the ever
funny Be Prepared, Who wants to be in the
National Committee Seats, and finally with a highlights video of the
Day in Review.
|The show began with historical re-enactments of events involving American Indians
who have made major impacts on our country. Those highlighted
were Jim Thorpe, the Navajo Code Talkers, Billy Mills, and Sacagawea.
The re-enactments were followed by the grand entry song, which was sung by
the NOAC 2000 Singing Champions from Un A Li'yi Lodge 236. Curtis Zunigha, past chief of the Delaware Indians, carried the national flag
into the arena. Curtis is a traditional dancer and singer at powwows and ceremonials, and has served as ambassador to Sweden.
||The highlight of the show was the dance exhibitions. The first dancers were those doing the Old Style dance. The
dancers danced for several minutes . When the dance was over, each
dancer lined up to hear who had earned the top three places in the dance competion at NOAC. Old Style was followed by the Traditional dance, then Contemporary Straight,
then Grass Dance and finally Fancy Dance. The individual dances were followe by the group dance.
Arrowmen were then told of the Blanket Dance and it's
purpose at powwows today. It is traditionally used to show appreciation
for the good music and dance. It is also used to donate to some special
cause, in our case it was used donate to the Maury Clancy Campership
Fund which is used to assist American Indian Scouts by providing camp scholarships for those who might otherwise
not be able to afford a summer camp experience.
The "Ties of
Brotherhood" series continued at tonight's show. Western Region chief,
Cameron Mulder, discussed with Arrowmen the
continuation of the national high adventure programs that the OA offers, such as
Philmont Trail Crew and Northern Tier Wilderness Voyage.
informed Arrowmen about what is happening in both of these programs this
summer. He encourage Arrowmen to participate and informed them how to
apply for these programs.
At the conclusion of the show, Arrowmen heard a recording of founder made at the 1963
National Order of the Arrow Conference. Dr. Goodman,
had spoken on how Arrowmen should view their dancing and ceremonies as living
tributes to the early Americans, to pay back some of the debt owed to them.
Arrowmen departed as the narrator left them with these thoughts:
As you leave here tonight, we hope that you will take a small part of what you have witnessed
and keep it with you. In the words of the Lakota, "Pilamaya. Wakan Tanka
nici un. Ake hwo."---Thank you. May the great spirit go with you
and guide you.