VC Indian Affairs
LODGE AIA UPDATE
As our lodge grows it is really great to have so many arrowmen with a growing interest in American Indian Activities. As we get closer toward the 2018 Dixie fellowship hosted by Skyuka Lodge and the National Order of the Arrow Conference being held at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN July 29 to August 4, 2018 we will be having many opportunities to practice for the various AIA Competitions being held at both events.
We need everyone that has signed up for or is interested in Ceremonies, Drum/Sing, Individual Dance and for the first time in a long time Historic Group Dance to come to as many practices as possible. We be having these practices in 2 locations alternating between the two. Troop 307 scout hut at Saxe Gotha in Lexington and Northeast UMC, 4000 Hardscrabble rd. in NE Columbia. Tentative dates are as follows:
Lexington: - Dec 3rd from 3-5pm - Dec 17th 2-5pm (Christmas Party)
UMC Hardscrabble:DEC 10th 3-5pm
2018 dates will be added to the lodge website at later date.
CAROLINA INDIAN SEMINAR
In addition to weekly practices we have an opportunity to participate in the Carolina Indian Seminar being held in Statesville, NC on Jan 22, 2018. This is hosted by Eswau Huppeday Lodge 560 and is being held at Mitchell Community College it Statesville, NC. This event brings instructors from all over the country to teach all sorts of American Indian Cultural Courses from Ceremonies to powwow dance styles and outfits to Native singing.
The cost will be $45.00. This covers meals, lodging, transportation, and class cost. This is a great price for an awesome learning experience.
Registration is due by Dec 20th.
PRARIE CHICKEN DANCE
The Chicken dance is one of the oldest dances, and started as a religious society known as the "Kiitokii Society". The origins of this dance come from the Blackfoot Country, and the dance is said to have come from the prairie chicken's spring time mating dance.The traditional regalia worn by the chicken dancers have not changed much; with regalia that includes a head roach, breech cloth, round bells, and a small feather bustle. The dance is done in mimicking the mating dance of the Prairie Chicken that we see in the prairies.
The legend of the Chicken dance comes from a young Blackfoot man, who went on a hunting trip. He came across some birds dancing in the tall grass. The man was very hungry, and he shot and killed one of the birds with his bow and arrow. The man brought the bird back to his family to eat. As the man was sleeping, he had a dream. The spirit of the prairie chicken that he killed came to him, and asked why he had killed the bird. The man replied that he needed to feed his family.
The prairie chicken told the man that he would teach him a dance, and he was to go out and teach all the people this dance. If the man did not do what he was told, the prairie chicken would come back and kill the man. This was the deal that was made between the prairie chicken and this man for taking the life of the prairie chicken, and has become a very sacred dance. This dance style is the most recently added in competition styles at Conclave and NOAC.