American Indian Activities



The National Order of the Arrow Conference offers many opportunities for Arrowmen to experience and participate in the American Indian culture during the conference with their American Indian Activities area. The program that the American Indian Activities staff provides are not just for experienced dancers and singers but also for those Arrowmen whom are looking to start a new craft or hobby.  The staff provides training classes from beginning dancing to outfit construction to classes on different crafting techniques such as beading and quillwork.  Even if you are not interested in dancing but would like to start a dance or drum team within your lodge there are classes that will cover those topics as well.

For those Arrowmen who are more experienced and want to compete in the National Dance Competition dance styles such as Northern Traditional, Old Style, Grass, Fancy, Prairie Chicken and Straight Dance, NOAC is that chance.  With competitions in every style dancers can come and spend the day competing and have their outfit evaluated from past champions and judges as well.  There will be a team dance competition and drum competition where lodges can compete against other from across the Nation.

Finally, at the famous Founder’s Day, make sure to bring out your dance clothes for the famous Founder’s Day PowWow.  A traditional PowWow will be run by all traditional rules and regulations; this is a great way to see all the dancers from around the country as well as view the model way to run your own Conclave, Section Gathering or Lodge PowWow.

With all the chances to learn, create new crafts, dance, and bond with Brothers from across the nation, there will be plenty to do within the American Indian Activities at the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference.

American Indian Activities Competitions

Interested in competing in the American Indian Activities competitions?
Guidelines for the Historical Group Dance Competition, Individual Dance Competition and Northern and Southern Singing competition

Also included are the Dance Outfit Coaching information for Contemporary Traditional, Fancy, Grass, Old Time Sioux, Prairie Chicken and Straight Dance. Coaches will be available to give you pointers on how to improve your dance outfit after you compete in the respective Individual Dance Competition at NOAC. All competitions will be held in the afternoon at Demonstration Hall. Get your bells on and "leave a legacy"

American Indian Activities guidelines for NOAC 2012 (781 KBytes PDF)