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About Iroquois Chapter

District: Santa Monica
Totem: Eagle

                   Iroquois was the name chosen in 1957 for the Tamet Lodge chapter in Santa Monica District at the time that Native American names were first approved by the Lodge. The chapter started in 1951 as Wilshire Chapter of Tamet Lodge when Santa Monica District was known as Wilshire District. Around 1948, the original Santa Monica District that included the communities of Pacific Palisades, Topanga and Malibu was divided in two. The northern half became Sunset District and the southern half  became Wilshire. Around 1954, Sunset District and Wilshire District merged back together for three years becoming the Santa Monica Bay District. In 1956 the north western portion split off again to become Will Rogers District. The OA chapter was known by each of the various district names between 1951-57.

             The Iroquois (pronounced /ˈɪrəkwɔɪ/), also known as the Haudenosaunee or the "People of the Longhouse", are an association of several tribes of indigenous people of North America. After the Iroquoian-speaking peoples coalesced as distinct tribes, based mostly in present-day central and upstate New York, in the 16th century or earlier they came together in an association known today as the Iroquois League, or the "League of Peace and Power". The original Iroquois League was often known as the Five Nations, as it was composed of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca nations. After the Tuscarora nation joined the League in 1722, the Iroquois became known as the Six Nations. The League is embodied in the Grand Council, an assembly of fifty hereditary sachems.

            When Europeans first arrived in North America, the Iroquois were based in what is now the northeastern United States, primarily in what is referred to today as upstate New York west of the Hudson River and through the Finger Lakes region.Quebec, and Ontario. Today, the Iroquois live primarily in New York.



Keneu Chapter
Owasippi Lodge - Chicago

Iroquois Chapter Patch

        The design for the Iroquois Chapter patch was copied from the Keneu Chapter patch from Owasippi Lodge 7 in Chicago. Iroquois Chapter added a black thunder bird (the totem of Area 12-E) to the left and a red and white sun (the totem of Tamet Lodge) to the right. The Iroquois Chapter patch is the only patch from Tamet Lodge whose design was copied from another Lodge.


Fully embroidered.
Blue Book Cat. No.225 Iroquois R1

Fully embroidered.
Blue Book Cat. No.7 Keneu R1


Type A
1960-Early-Mid 1960's
Type B
Late 1960's-1972

Type A
has a FLAT rolled edge. Purple
extensions from inner circle are CONE shaped.

Blue Book Cat. No.225 Iroquois R1a

Type B
has a REGULAR rolled edge. Purple
extensions from inner circle are ROD shaped.

Blue Book Cat. No.225 Iroquois R1b



Round patch sewn to silk neckerchief. There appears to have been a previous 3 inch round patch,
possibly a Tamet Lodge sun patch, underneath the Iroquois Chapter patch.

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Neckerchief Slides  

Late 1950's-Early 1960's

Silver Eagle
Yellow & Purple Slide

Red Eagle
  Dark Blue Slide

Black Eagle
Yellow & Black Slide


Constructed of poured or molded plastic. The significance, if any, of the different colors is unknown.


Chrome Flying Eagle

Torchey Slides

        Torchey Plastics made custom designed neckerchief slides for Scouting councils and groups around the country. They also maintained an inventory of stock slides that could be ordered for specific purposes. Iroquois Chapter members ordered slides for members bearing the eagle motif.

Late 1950's
Home-made Bone

Carved bone with ink and
colored marking pen.

NOTE: Created as a reversible slide with Santa Monica JLT 1959 on flip side.

There is no significance attributed to different colors of the Torchey Slides.

  Golden Flying Eagle on Globe
Chrome Flying Eagle on Globe
  Silver Flying Eagle on Globe

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