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About Cherokee Chapter

District: Marina
Totem: Arrowhead or Arrow?

                   Cherokee was the name chosen in 1957 for the Tamet Lodge chapter in Marina District at the time that Native American names were first approved by the Lodge. The Chapter started in 1951 when it was known as Venice District Chapter of Tamet Lodge. Venice District changed its name to Marina District in 1958, around the same time as Cherokee was adopted as the Chapter name. The Chapter existed in Malibu Lodge for several years after the merger of Tamet Lodge and Walika Lodge in 1972.

          The Cherokee (English pronunciation: /ˈʧer.ə.kiː/, Cherokee: ᏣᎳᎩ, Tsalagi) are a Native American people historically settled in the Southeastern United States (principally Georgia, the Carolinas and East Tennessee). Linguistically, they are part of the Iroquoian language family. In the 19th century, historians and ethnographers recorded their oral tradition that told of the tribe having migrated south in ancient times from the Great Lakes region, where other Iroquoian-speaking peoples were located.

          In the 19th century, white settlers in the United States called the Cherokees one of the "Five Civilized Tribes", because they had assimilated numerous cultural and technological practices of European American settlers. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the Cherokee Nation has more than 300,000 members, the largest of the 565 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States.

          Of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes, the Cherokee Nation and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians have headquarters in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. They were forcibly relocated there in the 1830s. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is located on the Qualla Boundary in western North Carolina


Cherokee Chapter is not known to have ever issued a patch or neckerchief.

Neckerchief Slide
Painted Slide
Milled or cast aluminum.  The three arrows of a Vigil Honor triangle are depicted in the upper half but it is unknown if the slide was meant exclusively for Vigil Honor members.
This slide was hand painted with black lettering and red W's and arrows.


Venice Chapter
circa 1950-1951

Printed on red card stock. Used to promote the Order of the Arrow.
According to Pierce Weir, Venice Chapter Chief around 1950,

Venice Arrowmen would drop in on troop meetings within the district
and place these arrows around while taking about Tamet Lodge and the OA.


Are You an Arrow Man?
circa 1950-1951

Letter explaining the "Are You an Arrowman? program.
NOTE: The symbols at the bottom of the page. These symbols were also used on the copper Arrow plaque embedded in
a tree at Camp Josepho in 1943. The Tamet Sun has no outer circle, which was the original totem of the Lodge.
A scout sign, Eagle, and "TL" (standing for Tamet Lodge) were also part of the plaque. Key elements of the program included:
1. Live the Scout Oath and Law • 2. Love Camping • 3. Represent Leadership • 4. Serve Others

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