Native American

Native American Programs and Mikanakawa

Welcome to the page for Mikanakawa’s Native American Programs!

Native American Ceremonies

Mikanakawa Lodge has a rich tradition of excellence in ceremonies.  No better example of this can be found than our performance at the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference where 7 of our 8 teams competing were designated as honor teams.   Today, we continue to build on our legacy of excellence with a teams of dedicated youth.

You can get started in Ceremonies by:

•Attending your Chapter meetings
•Attending our Dance Drum and Ceremonies practices
•Coming to Ordeal Weekends
•Working with the Ceremony teams
•Helping out in any way possible
•Being ready to perform a ceremony part – (Download a Script)

If you are a Chief, Vice Chief or Advisor interested in starting or improving your team, please contact our NA Youth Lead Colin March.  We will come to your chapter meeting and help you get started or help coach your team.


Download Ceremonies Guide – How to Create a Team

Download Ceremonies Scripts:

Pre-Ordeal and Ordeal– (Hint: The Admonition) 

Brotherhood– (Hint: Have you seen the Arrow?)

Native American Dance Information

In Mikanakawa Lodge – our goals is for every chapter to have a dancer  We have a strong tradition of leadership in the area of dance.  Our own Tim Jarrell, placed Second of over 50 competitors at the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State.


Dance Styles

Straight (Southern Traditional) – The gentleman’s dance or a veteran’s dance
Grass – Oldest style of dance
Northern Traditional – Young warrior’s dance – tells a story
Old Time Sioux  – original version of Northern Traditional
Fancy – has become the iconic dance of the modern day powwow.  Must be athletic
Chicken – the players of the plains – imitates the plains prairie chicken

Native American Drum and Dance

The drum is the heart of every powwow and the foundation for a strong Native American Activities Program.  In Mikanakawa Lodge, our drum is a strong team of dedicated youth and adults who are committed to an exceptional program of singing and drum that honors the Native American tradition.


We sing songs from the Southern Tradition, lower pitch and slower pace.  Spend some time with us and you will learn songs from Ponca and Comanche tribes, and gain an appreciation for the traditions and meanings of our local Native American tribes.