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About Sa'Anga Chapter

District: Culver Palms
Totem: Pacific Sea Otter

                     Sa'Anga superceded Mohawk in 1970 as the name for the Tamet Lodge chapter in
Culver Palms District. At the time that Native American names were first approved by the Lodge for the chapters in 1957, none of the Tribes chosen were indigenous to the west coast. The Mohawks inhabited the New York area. Members of the Mohawk Chapter ritual team researched the UC Berkeley Native American ethnology library and found historical information about early inhabitants of southern California.

           Sa'Anga was taken from historical maps of Gabrielino Indian settlements in the
Greater Los Angeles area. Sa'angna (note spelling) was the name of a historic Native American village at the mouth of Ballona creek and located in an area near the present day town of Playa Del Rey. The Pacific sea otter, an animal still on the endangered species list at the time,  was chosen as the chapter totem. Sa'Anga Chapter existed briefly in Tamet Lodge and then for several years as a chapter in Malibu Lodge until 1980 when Marina-Culver District merged with Portola Trail District in Great Western Council. Today, the current towns of Topanga, Tuhunga, Cahuenga and Cucamunga retain their historic Gabrielino and Fernandeno Indian place names. 

Historic Map
c. 1970

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Patches & Memorabilia

 Officer's Arrowhead

 Arrowhead Lodge 225

 Arrowhead Lodge 566

see varieties of this patch in the

The manufacturer produced several embroidered patches with red arrows for approval which were awarded to officers.
Blue Book Cat. No.225 Sa'Anga A2

Solid embroidered with gray arrow.
Each patch is slightly different, having been made individually.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 Sa'Anga A1

After the Merger of Tamet and Walika Lodges, Sa'Anga Chapter re-made the patch with the new lodge number.
Blue Book Cat. No. 566 Sa'Anga A1
Original Artwork

Asian vs. American Embroidery


During the 1960's and early 70's, Scout groups began ordering patches in Asia. The most often used companies were in Taiwan and the Philippines. The Asian patch companies had two advantages:
1. they were less expensive and
 2. orders could be made in small
amounts, even as low as 10 patches.
The disadvantage to the Asian embroidery was that patches were made individually instead of all at one time on looms as with the Swiss embroidery method. This difference in manufacturing resulted in differences for each Asian patch within the same order. The notation HMVE was developed to denote: Hand Made Varieties Exist.

Approximately 10 neckerchief slides
 were sent by the manufacturer as
promotional  items.
They were not particularly popular.
Original patch design
by Jeff Morley

Cloisonne on metal.
Original design with a light blue arrow.




Type A

Type B

Type C

Type A
has an otter with two similar
shades of brown. Embroidered on
  BLACK base material.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 Sa'Anga A1a

Type B
has an otter with light brown
and brown. Embroidered on
  BLACK base material.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 Sa'Anga A1b

Type C
has an otter with two similar shades of brown. Embroidered on
  LIGHT BLUE base material.
Blue Book Cat. No. (unlisted)

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Otter Trax Newsletters
 December 1970
Vol. 1 No. 1
       January 1971
Vol. 1 No. 2

June 1971
September 1971
December 1971

  March 1972

 May 1972
 June 1972

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