Coosa Lodge held its 5th Annual American Indian Seminar this last weekend at Camp Comer. We had 275 brothers attend the event and many thanks go out to our Vice Chief of Native American Affairs Jorge Marin and Adviser Mr. Julian Simmons. Mr. Simmons put in a great deal of time and it was reflected in the number of quality classes held. We also had the honor of National Vice Chief of the Order, Will Swingle present to enjoy the festivities. He addressed the gathering at the Arena Show on Saturday evening.
Friday evening started of with a Brotherhood Ceremony where eight Arrowmen sealed their bonds of Brotherhood. There was also a Vigil Tap-Out for Abe Rummell, the newest member to the Vigil Class of 2009. The evening concluded with “Open Drumming” for about 2 hours.
Saturday was a day full of wonderful Native American related classes. We had seven different types of beading classes; classes on how to dance with instruction on Chicken Dance, Traditional Dance, Old Time Sioux Dance, Fancy Dance, Grass Dance and Straight Dance. In addition there were ceremony classes, judging classes, outfit classes, skinning classes, and a live bird of prey class. After Dinner the Lodge held our Awards Show and bestowed the prestigious Founders Award. The Founders Award demonstrates that in the Arrowmans daily life they have shown the spirit of achievement once described by the founders of the OA, “For he who serves his fellows, is of all his fellows, greatest.” The 2010 Founders Award went to three Arrowmen; Nathan Hatch; Mr. Tad Thomason and Dr. Bob Oster. Congratulations to each of them for their accomplishments and contributions to the Lodge.
After the shows we had a Pow Wow that lasted about two and a half hours. As with tradition each years AIS Patch pictures a Lodge Dancer. This year’s AIS Patch pictured Patrick Hayes as a Straight Dancer. Special thanks goes out to all of our visiting Instructors and Coosa Lodge Arrowmen who assisted with classes. Many of our visitors are listed below. Thanks again for all you do to promote Native American culture.
Teed Howard – Nashville, IN; Feather Laws, Appliqué Beading
Kat Anderson – Nashville, IN; Feather Laws and Women’s Northern Traditional Dance
Al Turay – Ohio, Gourd and Straight Dance
Chris Turay – Ohio Gourd Dance
Phil Peters – Ohio, Old Time Sioux Dance, Edge Beading
Caryn Peters – Ohio, Women’s Jingle Dance and Edge Beading
Rick Shell – Live Bird of Prey
Curt Clearly – Live Bird of Prey
Russ Schmidt – Carterville, GA; Beading Classes
Chris DeHart – Rome GA; Chicken Dance
Scott Kinney – Rome, GA; Chicken Dance
Mikkie Goins – Tennessee; Fancy Dance, Contest Dancing
Charles Lahay – Fayette, AL; Basic Dance
Josh Lahay – Fayette, AL; Drumming
Jay West – Fayette, AL; Drumming and Dance
Mark Elinburg – Fayette, AL; Grass Dance and Basic Dance
Denice Simmons – Alabama; Dream Catchers
Plus lots of our very own excellent Coosa Instructors!!
A big “Thank You” to all of our Coosa Lodge members, Staff and Advisers who came out and made this a great weekend event. See you at our upcoming SR-9 Conclave at Camp Tukabatchee April 16-18th. Check the Coosa calendar for more details!