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While in Boy Scouts of America I was invited into the Order of the Arrow, an honor association you can only be granted access to by being voted in by your peers. After you attain enough votes you are declared a candidate, where you then proceed to an ordination ceremony. At this ordination ceremony four main characters are present. Kichkinet (the guide), Meteu, Nutiket, and Allowat Sakima. Some lodge's scripts may vary. Throughout this whole ceremony the scouts in the roles try their best to channel these mythical characters. References to the winds and other traditions are embraced in these ceremonies. During the Brotherhood ordination, a ceremony that can be taken 10 months after becoming a Arrowman (an initiated OA member), Arrowmen must symbolically share blood my cutting their hand, with a dull blade, and shedding it into a fire. I just realized while digging through my old trunk and finding my script that all of this must have seemed very strange for many as it involves traditions involving Native American spirituality. This org is still present in BSA, thought it would be interesting to bring to y'all attention. Picture credit: Shenshawpotoo Lodge #276 Order of the Arrow
I am inviting anyone interested in joining a group focused on Native American Spirituality that is both inter-tribal and inter-faith. You can believe or practice any other religion, spirituality, culture, philosophy, etc. However, this circle will focus primarily on Native American traditions and practices as well as modern expressions based on Native American traditions and practices. We will study, talk, pray, practice ceremonies and have fellowship together. You can be from any background: racial, ethnic, Native, Non-Native, mixed, etc. I understand that being inter-tribal and interfaith is a broad category, but it is much like the expression of universal religions such as the Unitarian-Universalist faith or Universal Life Church. Hawk's Circle-Native American Spirituality is an independent ministry of Universal Life Church. I am hoping to start having live meetings soon on the internet on Zoom or Facebook or another online platform. Please, contact me if interested, Rev. Darrin at 360-640-9415 or at email@example.com. Also, look us up on Facebook or Church Finder, we are based in the Seattle, WA area. Thank You and Be Blessed, Rev. Darrin "EagleCat" Rankin.