Hungteetsepoppi Lodge Wins The
The fourth weekend of April is the traditional weekend for Conclave, the gathering of the eight local lodges of the Order of the Arrow.
This year, riding high after our unexpected victory of the Conclave Award and the Most Indian Lodge Award in 2003, 28 members of Hungteetsepoppi traveled to the County Fairgrounds in Watsonville.
The Friday night festivities for the Conclave were the auto races at the speedway next to the fairgrounds, but a large group from Piedmont were carefully working to set up the Lodge Tepee.
Many moons ago the Hungteetsepoppi Tepee was taken down after some event, folded and placed in the OA locker room. Nobody thought that there it would sit for so many years, gathering dust, waiting to be set up again. This year it rose again. After finding, cutting, shaving, carrying, and transporting Tepee poles, the lodge was finally ready to set it up again. After getting the Tepee and poles to the Conclave, we scratched our heads and tried to remember how to set it up, considering only a few gray-haired individuals have ever seen it in use. After getting help from a friend (an expert at tepees), sweating a little, and spending a few hours, the lodge tepee was up. With our own touch, a blinking red eye on the painted tanager, it was put to use. Seven boys slept inside the large canvas, well protected from the elements.
Saturday was the real start of the events, and in the morning, all Arrowmen attended training classes. Four class periods were filled with a large assortment of over 30 classes, in topics ranging from OA History, Leadership, Native American Studies, Communications, and more.
After lunch, the Competitions began. Throughout the competitions, the Hungteetsepoppi lodge showed great spirit, good sportsmanship, and used wonderful teamwork.
Using these qualities, the lodge took first place in Indian Handball, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Ceremonies, and Beginning Dance. We also placed well in Sandpainting, second overall, OA Jeopardy, third, and Overall Dance.
In the late afternoon, a crowd of exhausted members were seen resting in the grass in the shadow of the Tepee.
After dinner, elections for the next year's Section Officers were held, and Ted Zika was elected Section W3A Secretary, replacing brother Ryan Zika who served in 2003-2004.
The Saturday night show was the main attraction of the evening. One of the main events of the show was a dodge ball competition between all of the lodge chiefs in the section. Our Lodge chief, Ian Faison, was among the final three but was double teamed by the two other competitors. There were numerous prizes given out throughout the show including a special patch set that was won by drawing a name from a hat. The winner was none other than Hungteetsepoppi's own Ryan Zika. The finale was an excellent video and slideshow representing the theme of conclave, "Leadership from Within". A great production overall and hopefully we will see more like it in the years to come. The shows at this conclave were the best they have been in many years.
Sunday morning was the final show and awards ceremony, and we once again dominated in athletic competitions, spirit, traditional Native American activities and overall enthusiastic participation.
The Lodge's hard work and determination during the weekend and the entire year was rewarded when Chief Ian Faison accepted first place for the "Conclave" and "Most Indian Lodge" for 2003-2004. This is the second year in a row that our lodge has received both prestigious awards. We plan to continue to strive for excellence in the Order of the Arrow and make 2004/2005 another Hungteetsepoppi year.
After the closing, the group gathered for pictures, and broke camp. When we took the Tepee down on Sunday we vowed to never let it rest so long again.
© 2006 Hungteetsepoppi Lodge #466