Indian Lore Merit Badge
Requirements for the Indian Lore merit badge:
- Identify the different American Indian cultural areas. Explain what makes them each unique.
- Give the history of one American Indian tribe, group, or nation that lives or has lived near you. Visit it, if possible. Tell about traditional dwellings, way of life, tribal government, religious beliefs, family and clan relationships, language, clothing styles, arts and crafts, food preparation, means of getting around, games, customs in warfare, where members of the group now live, and how they live.
- Do TWO of the following. Focus on a specific group or tribe.
- Make an item of clothing worn by members of the tribe.
- Make and decorate three items used by the tribe, as approved by your counselor.
- Make an authentic model of a dwelling used by an Indian tribe, group, or nation.
- Visit a museum to see Indian artifacts. Discuss them with your counselor. Identify at least ten artifacts by tribe or nation, their shape, size, and use.
- Do ONE of the following:
- Learn three games played by a group or tribe. Teach and lead one game with a Scout group.
- Learn and show how a tribe traditionally cooked or prepared food. Make three food items.
- Give a demonstration showing how a specific Indian group traditionally hunted, fished, or trapped.
- Do ONE of the following:
- Write or briefly describe how life might have been different for the European settlers if there had been no native Americans to meet them when they came to this continent.
- Sing two songs in an Indian language. Explain their meanings.
- Learn in an Indian language at least 25 common terms and their meanings.
- Show twenty-five signs in Indian sign language. Include those that will help you ask for water, for food, and where the path or road leads.
- Learn an Indian story of up to 300 words (or several shorter stories adding up to no more than 300 words). Tell the story or stories at a Scout gathering or campfire.
- Write or tell about eight things adopted by others from American Indians.
- Learn twenty-five Indian place-names. Tell their origins and meanings.
- Name five well-known American Indian leaders, either from the past or people of today. Give their tribes or nations. Describe what they did or do now that makes them notable.
- Attend a contemporary American Indian gathering. Discuss with your counselor what you learned and observed. Include in your discussion any singing, dancing, drumming, and the various men's and women's dance styles you saw.
Indian Lore Worksheet
Feb 15, 2015 - gail
Jun 13, 2015 - Peter LoPresti
Sep 18, 2015 - Tom
a : knowledge gained through study or experience
b : traditional knowledge or belief
The MB title is fine.
Doesn't requirement 5a expect the Scout to appreciate how helpful the Native American people were to the newly arrived Europeans? I believe you read it as if it was problematic for the Europeans to encounter the Native Americans. I think you're misinterpreting the requirement.
Oct 19, 2015 - Matt
The question does ask for an appreciation that the first European settlements would never have survived without First-Nation Assistance. You can certainly ask them to name which tribes and in which locations did this occur. Direct account information is available for interactions in the first five years along long island, for example. I'm from Canada but it was the same at all the first landing sites. I do have issue that none of your requirements ask the scout to acknowledge the genocide of the first nations by and in the United States and Canada over the past 500years; nor does it ask to reflect on the social consequences of these actions today, and what is still affecting their health socially, politically, economically. for example would the scout know that in Canada the last residential school closed in the 1996; and what were the findings of the truth and reconciliation commission? and what is the UN Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples?
Nov 02, 2015 - Bill
Dec 16, 2019 - Emma Parker
Bill, the white people that I have met have "often been very disappointing." They take Native people's culture and don't give them any credit.
Jan 24, 2020 - Emilio "Bebe" NIglio
Feb 29, 2020 - Lisa
Feb 29, 2020 - Scouter Paul
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