2001 National Jamboree:
American Indian Village
by Dominique Baker
American Indian Village returned to the 2001 National
Jamboree this past summer, the fourth time the OA has
presented this program area at a Jamboree. The 2001
Village featured the traditional demonstrations
and craft work, along with many new and exciting activities.
Most notable was the inclusion of the
American Indian Village as
part of the Jamboree Merit Badge Midway. In addition
to daily dance performances and craft demonstrations,
the Village Staff taught Indian Lore Merit Badge
to hundreds of Scouts. During the afternoons at the
Village, Daily Living Exhibitions demonstrated different
aspects of American Indian cultures.
Scouts worked on many American Indian crafts
Dance performances were always popular
There were also two
evening powwows held at the Village this year, and all
Arrowmen attending the Jamboree were welcome. Dancers
and non-dancers alike enjoyed the spectacle
of the powwow. The two powwows also raised money for the
Maury Clancy Indian Campership Fund.
The staff of the Village featured some of the best and
most knowledgeable Arrowman in country.
These included dancers who
were national finalists from NOAC, and American Indian
crafts and culture experts from lodges all over the
Scouts could learn basic dance steps
Dancers show respect for the flag
Thanks to the great work of many OA members,
the Scouts, leaders, and visitors at
the 2001 National Jamboree could take part in learning about American Indian
culture, games, and outfits at the American Indian Village.
(Dominique, the 2001 Central Region Chief, helped out for a while at the
American Indian Village.)