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    Greetings,
    I am assisting some Boy Scouts in forming a drum group and dance team for the Order of the Arrow. I have some information, but not enough to be successful. Could anyone reccommend links and or books to help with the regalia. We've been to two pow wows as a group and it has really sparked interest. I'ld like to keep it going.
    Jerry

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    have you asked for help from other OA lodges in your area. also, ask around at pow wows.

    as for good books. Scott Evans has two : Northen Traditional Dancing and Mens Fancy. both are reall y good instructional books. also, Missouri River Patterns has a Grass Dance pattern.

    but the better thing is to ask and learn. and if your up for a drive, you should check out the link to the North Carolina OA seminar at the end of this month in Statesville, NC.


    keith

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    • #3
      WW,
      thanks for the info on the books. As for OA lodges, we will be meeting with those at conclave. Hopefully, there will be some great classes and that will help.

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      • #4
        um, normally they don't teach at conclave. they are normally for compitions and fellowships.


        keith

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        • #5
          You should look at the archives. This question has been asked and answered in the past. I tend to keep too much in the archives rather than delete things.

          CEM

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          • #6
            also, if you have questions pertaining any of the styles, you can ask them in their respective forums on this web page. there are a lot of knowledgeable people on here, that would answer almost any questions that you may have.


            keith

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            • #7
              all i would like to say is if they are going to be taught i hope you show them the ways right, not wrong because OA sometimes teaches members the wrong way and thats not good

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              • #8
                that's true. alot of people in the OA don't care about the right ways. but there are alot that do try to teach the right ways.


                keith

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                • #9
                  Trust me, I want to do things the right way. I don't agrre with all the indian lore stuff that the BSA sells. I am using an old photocopy of a Ben Hunt book to get me started. Part of getting teams started, I have been asked to conduct an Indian Lore Merit Badge Seminar. I know for a fact that some mb counselors don't do an adequate job. I have also met some who have done a fantastic job. Hopefully I will be in the later catagory. Thanks to everyone who has responded and please keep them coming.
                  Jerry

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                  • #10
                    Be careful with Ben Hunt

                    Ben was pretty ground breaking with his techniques when those original books came out, but that was back then. The material and tools available to make outfits are very different from Ben's day. I'll elaborate a little later.

                    CEM

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                    • #11
                      yes please be careful with ben hunt. he's alot out dated and it's one of the many things that gives the BSA a bad name.


                      keith

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                      • #12
                        Real quick, I read in one of Hunt's Books that cartridge shells could be used instead of dance bells and hair pipes. IS THIS STILL TRUE??? I have been telling all the leaders that hunt to save their shells for making bells, chokers, and bandoleers. I have about 10 pounds of shells so far. Thanks for the tip on Hunt.

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                        • #13
                          Yes, I have been to a few pow wows lately and have seen empty shell casings used for
                          bells and breast plates. But they are few and far between. I would make my breast plate and bandolier out of hairpipes. If you don't want all of the weight use plastic ones
                          Last edited by jmm; 01-07-2002, 07:25 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Again I want to thank everyone for their support. I am glad that shell casing can be used as I have over 10lbs of them. Another question I have: For Straight and Traditional dancing, can leggings be made from old wool pants? I was told this back in 1994, and the the leggings I am using are made in this manner.

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                            • #15
                              Put the Ben Hunt book down

                              I would put the Ben Hunt book away. When Ben Hunt put those books out in the 50's or 60's, his information was pretty good. But he was encouraging use of materials and using tools that were available in the 50's & 60's. Things are very different now. We have tools and material to work with that Ben didn't. Dance clothes have evolved and changed since then. He didn't write about what we know as contemporary traditional dancing because it didn't exist. Grass dance outfits in their current form didn't exist. PM me if you'd like more specific examples.

                              I don't want to completely put Ben Hunt down because he did travel around and learn from Native Americans in Wisconsin, South Dakota, and other places. He was writing things that were not written before that. Ben was also a great teacher. I can think of four guys who live in the Milwaukee area that used to go to his cabin to work on outfits. They are all top notch dancers with beautiful contemporary outfits. One in particular has many superb outfits. If Ben was still around today my guess would be that he would be all over contemporary tools and materials for building outfits.

                              Here are couple of other opinions I have.

                              1. In the age of the internet, dancers are becoming too reliant on books and web sites and want quick and easy to understand information. THE BEST PLACE TO LEARN ABOUT DANCE CLOTHES AND DANCING IS AT A DANCE. Get out there, see what's being done, make some new friends and talk to people. It's not going to happen over the internet and e-mails.

                              2. My friend JMM and I politely disagree on bullet shells. I think they are the exception rather than the rule. In my worldview (which some people find to be scary or disturbing), breastplates and bandoliers are made of hairpipe. Plastic or bone is fine. Bells are made of bells. If you find 100 dancers with bullet shells in their out fits, probably 90 to 95 of them are white hobbyist dancers. My guess (and it's only a guess) is that the top ten dancers at Schemitzun, Denver March Pow-wow, Gathering of Nations, Red Earth, Bismark, and any of the other big dances that the winning dancers set the new outfit styles for the year, that none of them have bullet shells in their outfits.

                              3. For leggings, I guess it doesn't matter where you get your wool, as long as you make leggings. Don't let your guys wear wool pants as a substitute for leggings. Depending on the kind of straight dance leggings you want to make, I've seen several pairs made out of heavy canvas. They look pretty good if you don't want to pay for leather.

                              I'm trying not to sound like a jerk or to be unsuportive. But from your posts you seem to be starting out like most bad OA dance teams do. I know from experience because I started dancing in one of those bad OA dance teams. It wasn't until I put the Ben Hunt book down and started traveling around a bit that I realized how wrong I had been doing things. Feel free to send me a PM with other questions.

                              CEM

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