Nikiwigi Highest Level
Order of the Trail - Nikiwigi - 2nd Level
Nikiwigi Ranger 1st Level
Nikiwigi Sachem Pin - Courtesy of Paul Pindel, Pittsburgh, PA
Order of Nikiwigi - (also known as the Tribe of Nikiwigi) The organization
existed in the New England states. It was in operation at Camp Nutter in York County,
Maine in the 1930's. It also existed at Camp Sachem in the Sachem Council. It was
displaced by OA lodge 496. They coexisted for a couple of years but it didn't work
out. It also existed at Camp Collier in the Monadnock Council in Gardner, Massachusetts
and became Nikiwigi OA Lodge 329 in 1946. The birthplace of Nikiwigi is unknown
at this point. There were three levels of membership. The first level was ranger,
the second was Order of the Trail and the third level was the coveted Nikiwigi.
Members were issued a membership card, a brass colored button and a suede leather
"Nik" bag which was worn around the neck. The Sachem Council Tribe lasted until
about 1963. The Tribe also had it's own newsletter called the "Nik-News".
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In addition to the information above, John Corcoran has provided a summary history of Nikiwigi, which can be downloaded by