Wachipi, an American Indian Seminar at Philmont Scout Ranch this summer

Come join the Order of the Arrow June 6th-10th, 2017 at Wachipi American Indian Seminar hosted at the beautiful Philmont Scout Ranch.

Wachipi is the Lakota word for dance, a gathering of people for fun and fellowship. That’s what Wachipi American Indian Seminar will be: Arrowmen from around the country will gather to celebrate, honor and learn about the Order of the Arrow’s rich history and tradition of the American Indian.

Both dancers and ceremonialists--youth and adult, with any level of experience--are welcome to attend and broaden their knowledge. Arrowmen will be fully immersed in American Indian activities from around the country, focusing on the Plains Indians. An emphasis will be put on craft and improving ceremonial and dance attire. Attendance will be by individual registration rather than as lodge contingents. Registration will begin in early January 2017 and the price will be $285.

Update: Registration is now open.

Guests will be change agents for their lodge, coming back with an enhanced knowledge of how to appropriately engage in American Indian activities. Program highlights include beadwork, leather working, as well as the opportunity to create or improve their outfits. During Wachipi, Arrowmen will have a plethora of activities to participate in including powwows and traditional American Indian games. Top staff are being recruited from around the nation to ensure that guests will receive top-notch instruction and instill a deep interest and respect for the American Indian arts that we hope will last a lifetime.

The Wachipi American Indian Seminar leadership would like to challenge every lodge chief in the nation to promote this event to their lodges. As an incentive, the lodge chiefs with the highest attendance within each of the four regions will receive a Pendleton blanket to reward them for their hard work. We are looking forward to you joining us at Philmont for an exciting week of fun and fellowship!

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