January 2002 Cub Scout
Volume 8, Issue 6|
Our Native Peoples
Webelos Scholar & Engineer
PACK & DEN ACTIVITIES
Big Chief Applesauce
Heart of America Council
Choose an apple with dry, dense
meat.† Break the skin in carving, but
remove as little as possible.
For the eyes, cut slits and press
edges of the skin inward, instead of carving out the depression.† Dry in good strong sunlight.† A cardboard neck tube can be inserted either
before or after carving.† Decorate with hair
Make a simple costume using a
hand puppet pattern.
Heart of America
An American Indianís Headdress is easy to make if you can find some
feathers.† Cut two thin strips of paper
and glue the
feathers in between them.
Measure the paper strip around the head and glue the ends together so
that it fits.† Below is an illustration
of a headdress using
a paper plate.
Turtle's Race With
Native American Lore
It was an early winter, cold enough so that the ice had
frozen on all the ponds and Bear, who had not yet learned in those days that it
was wiser to sleep through the White Season, grumbled as he walked through the
woods. Perhaps he was remembering a trick another animal had played on him,
perhaps he was just not in a good mood. It happened that he came to the edge of
a great pond and saw Turtle there with his head sticking out of the ice.
shouted Bear, not even giving his old friend a greeting. "What are you
looking at, Slow One?"
Turtle looked at
Bear. "Why do you call me slow?"
"You are the slowest of the animals. If I were to race you, I would leave
you far behind." Perhaps Bear never heard of Turtle's big race with Beaver
and perhaps Bear did not remember that Turtle, like Coyote, is an animal whose
greatest speed is in his wits.
friend," Turtle said, "let us have a race to see who is the
right," said Bear. "Where will we race?"
"We will race
here at this pond and the race will be tomorrow morning when the sun is the
width of one hand above the horizon. You will run along the banks of the pond
and I will swim in the water."
"How can that
be?" Bear said. "There is ice all over the pond."
"We will do it
this way," said Turtle. "I will make holes in the ice along the side
of the pond and swim under the water to each hole and stick my head out when I
said Bear. "Tomorrow we will race."
When the next day
came, many of the other animals had gathered to watch. They lined the banks of
the great pond and watched Bear as he rolled in the snow and jumped up and down
making himself ready.
Finally, just as the
sun was a hand's width in the sky, Turtle's head popped out of the hole in the
ice at the starting line. "Bear," he called, "I am ready."
Bear walked quickly
to the starting place and as soon as the signal was given, he rushed forward,
snow flying from his feet and his breath making great white clouds above his
head. Turtle's head disappeared in the first hole and then in almost no time at
all reappeared from the next hole, far ahead of Bear.
"Here I am
Bear," Turtle called. "Catch up to me!" And then he was gone
again. Bear was astonished and ran even faster. But before he could reach the
next hole, he saw Turtle's green head pop out of it.
"Here I am, Bear," Turtle called again.
"Catch up to me!" Now bear began to run in earnest. His sides were
puffing in and out as he ran and his eyes were becoming bloodshot, but it was
no use. Each time, long before he would reach each of the holes, the ugly green
head of Turtle would be there ahead of him calling out to him to catch up!
When Bear finally reached the finish line, he was barely
able to crawl. Turtle was waiting there for him, surrounded by all the other
animals. Bear had lost the race. He dragged himself home in disgrace, so tired
that he fell asleep as soon as he reached his home. He was so tired that he
slept until the warm breath of the Spring came to the woods again.
It was not long after Bear and all to other animals had left
the pond that Turtle tapped on the ice with one long claw. At his sign it a
dozen ugly heads like his popped up from the holes all along the edge of the
pond. It was Turtle's cousins and brothers, all of whom looked just like him!
"My relatives," Turtle said, "I wish to thank
you. Today we have shown Bear that it does not pay to call other people names.
We have taught him a good lesson."
Turtle smiled and a dozen other turtles, all just like him,
smiled back. "And we have shown the other animals," Turtle said,
"that Turtles are not the slowest of the animals."
Indian Talking Stick
National Capital Area Council
(measuring 1/2" x 24")
Cut a piece of fur 1" x 2".† Wrap it around the end of the stick. Use
tacky glue to secure it.† Spread a
little glue at the end near fur.† Wrap
yarn tightly around stick adding more glue as needed.† Cover about 5" of the stick changing the color if desired.
Tie suede lace near the bottom of the yarn wrap.† Thread the lace through the bells and knot
again.† String 2 pony beads onto each
end.† Tie off and trim.† Slip feather ends up through beads with a
little glue to secure.
Talking Stick Legend
National Capital Area Council
Whoever holds the
talking stick, has within his hands the sacred power of words. †Only he can speak while he holds the stick;
the others must remain silent.† The
feather tied to the talking stick gives him the courage and wisdom to speak
truthfully and wisely.† The rabbit fur
on the end of the stick reminds him that his words must come from his heart and
that they must be soft and warm.† The
speaker should not forget that he carries within himself a sacred spark of the
Great Spirit, and therefore he is also sacred. If he feels he cannot honor the
talking stick with his words, he should refrain from speaking so he will not
dishonor himself.† When he is again in
control of his words, the stick will be returned to him.
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