I was very involved in boy scounts when I was a teenager. Someday I’ll post more on that as there are many interesting stores to tell. Anyhow, Boy Scouts has a sub group in it called Order of the Arrow. OA, as it is called, is based around Native American lore and has all sorts of traditions related to that. Typically, OA is comprised of the older, more involved scouts so it is a pretty neat time. One aspect that many OA “lodges” (regional groups) have is a Native American dance team (we used to call it an Indian dance team…but that was a while ago). My brother and I both were members of such a team for the Langundowi Lodge in PA. I was a dancer and he was a drummer.
We practiced weekly the authentic “fancy dance” dances that modern plains and western Native Americans might dance now. All of our costumes were hand made so each member had a direct hand in researching and building the dance outfit.
We travelled all over the place putting on shows for groups of all sorts. We danced in parades and in malls and for nursing homes and cub scouts. It was a lot of fun and we put on a loud and rowdy looking show as we spun and jumped and rattled the dozen or so cowbells around our legs. While dancing, I am sure I was in the best cardiovascular shape that I have ever been in. Anyhow, these pictures are from some of the dances in which I participated. Check out my mad rhythm!