What is American Indian Activities (AIA)?
AIA is a program within the Order of the Arrow where we honor the Native American cultures. Order of the Arrow traditions began at Treasure Island Scout Camp in Delaware near the Lenape Tribe. All Lodge youth and adult members have the opportunity to participate in the following American Indian Affairs. AIA is a fun way to serve the Lodge while upholding the traditions of the Order of the Arrow. There are two areas of AIA: Ceremonies, and dancing. All areas also need support staff or Witschindin (Helper).
The purpose of ceremonies is to provide an unforgettable experience for candidates. No matter the membership level, every Arrowman was once an Ordeal candidate, and it is likely the Arrowman remembers one of their ceremonies well. Ceremonies are part of the induction process into the Order of the Arrow that explains the Ordeal and values of the Order of the Arrow. There are 4 ceremonialist roles in each ceremony team: Allowat Sakima, Meteu, Kitchkinet, and Nutiket. Teams can be created within your chapter or a combination of people from different chapters for a Lodge wide team. Our foundational principles are brought to life for each Arrowman through stories told to him as he participates in ceremonies and as he gains greater knowledge about our order.
2023 Chairman: Luke Frassel
2023 Advisor: Dawn Leone
Dancing consists of the different Native American pow wow dance styles for both men and women. Dancers learn about the dance styles, how to make dance clothing, crafts, and dance etiquette at pow wows, and of course how to dance. The lodge has many loaner sets of dance clothing prepared and ready for those interested in learning to dance. There are dance competitions for each individual style of dance and team dances at Lodge 104 Pow Wow, SR 7B Conclave, and National Order of the Arrow Conference.
2023 Chairman: Lalan Brewer
2023 Adviser: Jeff Brewer
These are the brothers who help with many different tasks to make ceremonies, singing and dancing possible. One task is building the fires and setting up the ring so that the ceremonies may take place. Brothers may also serve as torch bearer during ceremonies. Others may set up sound systems and equipment. For the truly crafty person, individuals may also construct items or regalia to be used by the Lodge Ceremony Team, Dance Team, or Drum Team.
2023 AIA Chairman: Jake McCall
2023 AIA Advisor: Lucas Neas