Roger Thom, the legendary personification of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, quietly passed away at 11:30 p.m on. Monday, December 22, 2014 at a local hospital, with Chief Little Pack Rock by his side. He was 79. Details are still incomplete regarding the cause of death, but the aging Chief had been hospitalized briefly and had returned home just recently.
Known to the present generation of Tribesmen as Chief Swimming Rock, a position he held for twenty years and to the preceding generation as Directing Medicine Man Swimming Rock, a post he occupied for thirty years, his half-century of service in these positions made him known to virtually every Tribesman. The present Mic-O-Say lodge is named in his honor.
Born October 8, 1935, Roger Thom was a member of St. Joseph Troop 4, and became a Brave during the first camping session of 1949. He was an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He advanced through every rank and paint station, except Tom-Tom Beater, becoming a Sachem at the age of 20 during the 5th session of 1956 and a Medicine Man 3rd session of 1958.
Swimming Rock’s indelible stamp upon Mic-O-Say, as well as his unique ceremonial style, is still observed today in virtually every aspect of our ceremonials.
Additional information regarding the late Chief will be published as it becomes available.
Crew 1925 and Inner Circle Trade Company are going to have a Black Friday Sale at Flaming Crow Trading Post on Camp Geiger next Friday, November 28 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. In addition to nearly everything in the store being on sale for at least 10% off retail price, there will be a huge sale on Porky Roaches. There will be examples of 18”, 20”, and 22” roaches for sale. The store will both be selling their available inventory and taking orders for custom roaches to be available before Conclave, if the scheduled shipment of imitation hair arrives on time. The prices on the traditional porky hair roaches will be anywhere from $40 to $75 off of a leading Native American regalia store.
REAL PORKY HAIR
Round in & out........$75.00, competitive retailer list price is $129
15” out.....................$175.00, competitive retailer list price is $250
18” out.....................$265.00, competitive retailer list price is $305
18” in & out..............$300.00, competitive retailer list price is $369
20” in & out..............$325.00, competitive retailer list price is $390
Even more exciting is the Inner Circle Trade Company’s new imitation porky hair roaches. These roaches are made of the top quality imitation porky hair available. The prices shown below are for any in stock roaches.
IMITATION PORKY HAIR
18” out.............$200, $105 less than the retail price of the same-sized real porky roach
18” in & out......$225, $144 less than the retail price of the same-sized real porky roach
20” out.............$225, $105 less than the retail price of the same-sized real porky roach
20” in & out......$255, $135 less than the retail price of the same-sized real porky roach
22” out.............$250, $115 less than the retail price of the same-sized real porky roach
22” in & out......$280, $145 less than the retail price of the same-sized real porky roach
Note, these roaches are priced anywhere from $105 to $145 less than the real hair roaches from the typical supplier.
There will be no sales tax and no shipping charges. All roaches over 18” include a roach stick and the adhesive wrapping bandage. On the custom order roaches, there will be an additional $10, $15, or $20 charge for 18”, 20”, and 22” roaches, respectively.
The Inner Circle Trade Company will be open so everyone will have a chance to take advantage of these great prices. With the supply of both real and imitation porky hair being questionable for the coming season, these prices most likely will not last. So, take a look at what the Inner Circle Trade Company has, and cash in on these unbelievable prices.
Written by: Jack L. Vaught
Sachem Little Tiny Horse
On Sept. 27, 2014, The White Shield Dance Team held its sixth-annual White Coup Costuming Workshop. New Braves and veteran Tribesmen were encouraged to attend, were they were given instruction and guidance on costume construction. White Coup Society members of the White Shield Dance Team and its leaders provided help on costume building from knee bells and headbands to more complex items like beading and hair roach construction.
Over 50 boys and adults attended the workshop.
The White Shield Dance Team's Sixth annual recognition banquet followed, where boys and adults were recognized for their participation and support of the 2013-2014 dance season. All Tribesmen under the age of 21 in attendance won several door prizes donated by members of the Lone Bear Council. Prizes ranged from camping gear to costume supplies.
Most notable in the awards was the recognition of our Most Active Tribesmen, where an unprecedented three first-place awards were given out.
The recipients were (from left to right)
3rd Place: Devon Moyer, Brave Wings In Sky, Troop 360 in Kearney, Missouri
2nd Place: Brandon Cessna, Firebuilder Small Roaring Silver Bird, Troop 360 in Kearney, Missouri (represented by his Mic-O-Say advisor, Rick Mohr)
1st Place: Joshua Orr, Brave Least Twisted Song, Troop 360 in Kearney, Missouri
1st Place: Jacob Orr, Tom-Tom Beater Little Twisted Song, Troop 360 in Kearney, Missouri
1st Place: Max Gruschka, Firebuilder Iron Dog, Troop 360 in Kearney, Missouri
The Most Active Unit award was also given and in its sixth consecutive win, it was awarded to the Tribesmen of Troop 360 in Kearney, Missouri, Rick Mohr, Mic-O-Say Advisor.
To see more photos from the event, CLICK HERE
By Morgan Farrell
TTB Little Sees Many Horses
The theme of the 2014 Fall Pow-Wow was "Mic-O-Lympics.” It gave the games an Olympic spin that was enjoyed by all who attended. Throughout Friday and Saturday, there were competitions for all Tribesmen to participate, whether it be the Mic-O-Lympics games, the costume competitions at the Friday night Pow-Wow, or the dance and dance team competitions at the Saturday night Pow-Wow. There were plenty of chances for Tribesmen to take home ribbons and even medals for those that dominated their event.
Tribesmen began showing up around 5 p.m. to register and set up camp. At 8 p.m. the weekend officially began with the Friday night Pow-Wow. There were fancy and traditional costume competitions for all ranks and paint stations. There was also a dance exhibition for all the new Braves to learn how to dance. After the Pow-Wow, all Tribesmen moved to the Handicraft Corral for a cracker barrel to end the night.
Saturday began with an amazing breakfast in the Dining Hall. After breakfast, Tribesmen moved to attend their dance team meetings in various locations on Camp. There they introduced all the new Braves and elected their Warrior's Council representative. Most Tribesmen then enjoyed a free hour before attending their respective rank and paint station meetings. Warriors spent their time learning proper dance technique, Firebuilders were shown how to build a proper fire, Tom-Tom Beaters reviewed drumming and chants, and Runners and Keepers discussed various things. It was a very productive morning.
After lunch in the corral, the games began. The games were spread all over Camp and gave Tribesmen they chance to do everything from hitting home runs to targeting their favorite Chieftain with a water balloon launcher. At the end of the afternoon, the winners of the events were awarded medals. Also occurring throughout the day was the Trader's Midway. Many items were traded including patches, beads, costume parts and knives. It was a very successful afternoon.
The evening began after a wonderful dinner in the Dining Hall before everyone moved to the council ring for the Saturday night Pow-Wow. In between the presentation of ribbons for dance and costume competitions, there were special Pow-Wows led by Tom-Tom Beaters from the various dance teams. Robidoux started off the night with their Pow-Wow. Then we moved on to White Shield, then Maha/Otoe/the Wichita wanderer, and then ended the night with an awesome Pow-Wow from Crossed Arrows/Lone Star. Maha/Otoe/the Wichita wanderer took home Fourth Place, Robidoux took Third, Crossed Arrows/Lone Star took Second, and the White Shield team inched away from the others to take home First.
Directing Medicine Man Walks Tall shared his words of closing and the night ended with a fireworks display for all to enjoy. It was an amazing end to a fantastic weekend on our Reservation.
To view a video recap of this event, CLICK HERE
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
On July 2, 1964, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act – forever changing America.
That same day, miles away from Washington, DC, I stood before a blazing bonfire in rural America and was tapped into the Tribe of Mic-O-Say – forever changing me.
For four-and-twenty hours I experienced a rite of passage that challenged every fiber of my being: “I…searched myself and sought my inner strength and goaded my own spirit to enshrine within my heart four long enduring goals that on the morrow might have more avail than just the memory of totem poles, or white-washed rock.”
In the late evening hours of July 3, 1964, Medicine Man Swimming Rock placed a claw hanging on a piece of craftstrip around my neck, a feather in my forman’s headband, and proclaimed “Brave Red Breasted Woodpecker.” There were a few chuckles in the crowd.
The following evening my family celebrated July 4th with fried chicken and all the fixins’. After dark, as we sat under the Elm tree in our back yard on Mark Twain Street watching the fireworks, my Dad (Eagle Scout, 1923) reminisced about his career in the US Navy. He served in the South Pacific during World War II, and had been a member of the Naval Reserve since the end of the war – two decades of service to his Country. My Mother quoted President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” I remember saying to them that I intended to serve my country by earning the rank of Eagle, by becoming a priest or teacher, and by someday getting involved in politics. Of course, these thoughts were on my mind: because I had made a resolution.
The rest of the summer I rarely removed my red, white, and blue lanyard and Eagle’s claw. Mom (Golden Eaglet Scout, 1934) observed not only the lanyard and claw, but also a strengthened sense of purpose in her son’s life. Trained as a journalist and gifted with the sixth sense of the Irish, she started asking questions - and thus began our lengthy conversations that went on for over thirty years - on every topic imaginable – until the day she died. These conversations started: because I had made a resolution.
At the end of August, Cathedral organist Walton J. Smith retired. Inspired by his example and encouraged by Monsignors Ruggle and Nowland, I began playing the organ for two Masses every Sunday. That same month, I entered Christian Brothers High School as a Freshman. Our classes began with the prayer, “Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God,” and concluded, “Live, Jesus, in our hearts – forever!” After classes, the Brothers put our Faith into action: I volunteered for tutoring underprivileged children, served as organist for the State Hospital’s Catholic Chapel; gathered food for the needy; raised money for the missions; helped out at Noyes Home; visited nursing homes; and joined YCS (Young Christian Students). I became more active in the practice of my Faith: because I had made a resolution.
The following February I was organist for the Scout Sunday Observance at Cathedral, after which I was introduced to Scout Executive Finley F. Fiske, and Assistant Scout Executive, Daniel J. Jansen. The Chief asked my name, and I answered, “Bill McMurray,” to which Finley replied, “Oh, I know that, Brave – your Chief wants to know your Indian name!” Well, I told my Chief my Indian name, after which he praised my musicianship more than I deserved, and concluded by challenging me to attend Camp Geiger that summer and earn my second claw. Then Dan spoke up, saying he was the camp director, and asked if I’d like to earn that second claw as a member of the 1965 Camp Geiger Staff, working in handicraft, helping the younger Scouts earn basketry and leatherwork merit badges. I said yes: because I had made a resolution.
And so it began – walking the path of my 4HR – at a time when many contrary paths were posited in an America increasingly at odds with itself.
Mom and I continued having our conversations, the Cathedral and the Christian Brothers continued nourishing my Faith, Scouting and MOS challenged me to serve my country and to help other people at all times. I earned Eagle, advanced to KSB, and made life-long friends at Camp Geiger.
A rite of passage fifty years ago anchored my life in guiding principles that have never failed me. The Great Spirit has richly blessed my life, and I give thanks, on my golden anniversary as a tribesman.
“I have known brotherhood….I have been strengthened by an Eagle’s claw.”
“And that has made all the difference.”
I arrived late to the Tribal Feast this year due to church related responsibilities. Lunch was over before I finally met up with fellow Tribal Council members, many of whom I've had as friends for over 30 years; we've grown up together in Mic-O-Say and I always enjoy the Feast as the start of my summer fun! In that moment, l had no idea just how much fun this summer would be! Frankly, I still find it unbelievable that mine was the name called by DMM Walks Tall for elevation to Chieftain... I mean really, think about it... No matter what your Tribal rank or paint station say out loud the word "Chieftain" followed by your Tribal name. See what I mean, it just seems like you've said something naughty! When my long time friend Chief Little Pack Rock said those unspeakable words, I was humbled and honored.
I was escorted around Ceremonial Grounds during the elevation by Chieftain Boy Helper. My first summer as a Camper at Camp Geiger, then Sachem Boy Helper was on the Sr. Camp Staff and one of my role models. Having him walk me through this new season of my Geiger experience seemed appropriate. As he walked me around the fire I listened to script that I've heard many times on the ridge and have even spoken many times when I was a KSB. But on this night, I appreciated again the significance of the words as they were spoken to me. I found it quite humbling to receive gifts from representatives of the Tribe. Several representatives were youth with whom I have worked on the Make Talk Now Staff; others were adults with whom I have worked on various Tribal Council committees. Each of these relationships have been important to me, and their involvement in the ceremony I found very meaningful. At some point in the evening I noticed my Dad, Honorary Warrior Big Short Fire in attendance sitting right beside my son-in-law Honorary Warrior Strikes Fire. My son-in-law had never been present when I was elevated, and the only other elevation that my Dad was able to witness was the night I went from Fire Builder to Tom-Tom Beater! Having them in attendance, along with several Tribesmen from the church that I pastor, added to the special tenor of the evening for me. Many thanks to those who made those special touches possible!
June 1, 2013 is a night that I'm sure I'll remember for the rest of my life. The night I joined the Council of Chieftains and was elevated for the 9th, and final time at 4F.
Throughout the summer, everything about my Chieftain experience was very enjoyable. I told Ed Stroud during first session that I was really looking forward to watching tapping from inside the circle. The only other time I had been inside the circle, as a Tribesman, I was carrying a torch and tomahawk and not paying much attention to the view. Each week this summer I enjoyed congratulating the new candidates, thanking Camper Coup recipients, and especially having the opportunity to speak from my heart to new Braves, and Warriors.
My heartfelt congratulations to each Tribesman who in 2013 assumed new responsibility via new claw, claws, paint, or coup. The summer certainly went by quickly, and before we know it, we'll be gathering together again for the elevation of another Chieftain. Indeed, many moons have come and gone and the Tribe of Mic-O-Say remains unbroken in spirit... but the summer of 2013 will be the season I will rewind in my mind over and over for the rest of my life. Thanks to each one who contributed to my experience.
Chieftain Short Fire
I RECEIVED A CALL REMINDING ME THAT THIS SUMMER’S CAMPING SEASON WILL BE MY 50TH YEAR AS A TRIBESMAN OF MIC-O-SAY. AS I REFLECT BACK ON MY MEMORIES, TAKING ME BACK TO THAT NIGHT OF MY FIRST CAMPFIRE, AND THE FOUR ITEM’S THAT I WAS TO THINK ABOUT. THOSE 4 THINGS HAVE MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE.
EVEN NOW, WHAT A BETTER PLACE TO REMEMBER THAN TO BUILD A SMALL FIRE AND THINK ABOUT ALL THOSE YOUNG MEN THAT I GREW UP WITH. MY FIRE TONIGHT IS A LOT BRIGHTER BUT NOT ANY MORE MEANINGFUL THAN THAT FIRE, FROM ALL THOSE YEARS AGE.
THAT SUMMER, I HAD COMPLETED THE EAGLE BOARD OF REVIEW THE WEEK BEFORE CAMP. I WAS SURE I HAD THE WORLD BY THE TAIL. LITTLE DID I KNOW WHAT WAS AHEAD IN MY LIFE? THE LATE 60’S WERE FUN WORKING MY WAY TO WARRIOR AT CAMP AND ON THRU THE PAINT STATIONS.
AS TIME WENT ON, I MEET MY FUTURE WIFE, WENT TO TRADE SCHOOL, STARTED TO WORK FOR TRANS WORLD AIRLINES. TRANSFERRED TO SAN FRANSCIO IN 1970, RETURNED TO KANSAS CITY VIA ST LOUIS MO IN 1973. WORKED FOR SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES 1982 & 83. I WORKED IN KANSAS CITY, FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES AFTER THE PURCHASE OF TWA IN 2003, UNTIL THEY CLOSED THE OVERHAHAUL BASE IN 2010 WHEN I TRANSFERRED TO ST LOUIS TO CONTINUE WORKING AS A CREW CHIEF FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES. I CONTINUED TO ATTEND A WEEK OF CAMP EACH SUMMER WHEN POSSIBLE. AS MY DAD CONTINUED TO ATTEND A WEEK EVERY YEAR WITH ALBANY’S TROOP, MY YOUNGER BROTHERS WERE ALSO THERE FOR NUMEROUS YEARS, EVENTUALLY MY OWN SONS, AND NOW MY GRANDSONS. THINKING BACK NOW, I’M NOT SURE I REALIZED WHAT A GREAT TIME I WAS HAVING. I MADE A LOT OF GOOD FRIENDS, SOME FOR A WEEK, SOME FOR A LIFE TIME,
CAMP HAS CHANGED A LOT WITH NEW CAMP SITES, OLD ONES NO LONGER USED JUST LIKE THE OLD TRAILES THAT ARE GROWN OVER AND EXIST ONLY IN MY MEMORIES OF CAMP AND ACTIVITIES OFSO LONG AGO. EVEN NOW, WHILE SEATED ON THE BENCHES BESIDE THE PARKING LOT, I’VE WATCHED A MANY FRIEND COME AND GO BUT I STILL HAVE SO MANY RICH MEMORIES THAT I WILL CARRY WITH ME ALWAYS.
I WISH I COULD THANK THE ENTIRE GREAT TRIBESMAN THAT HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO HAVE HAD SO MANYOF MY EXPERIENCES. SOME OF THESE SCOUTS ARE NO LONGER TRAVELING THE HILLS AND VALLEY’S OF CAMP. AND WE ALL HAVE STORIES ABOUT THESE TRIBESMAN AND CAMP THAT ARE NEAR AND DEAR TO US.
I’M VERY PROUD OF MY FAMILY, INCLUDING 2 SON THAT ARE EAGLE SCOUTS AND KEEPERS, 3 GRANDSONS IN THE TRIBE, ALSO MY WIFE, A DAUGHTER AND 2 SON INLAWS ARE TRIBESMAN.
IT HAS BEEN VERY HARD TO WRITE ABOUT MYSELF. SO MANY THINGS ID LIKE TO PASS ON TO THESE NEW MEMBERS, AND THE OLDEST TRIBESMAN.
I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT TIME WAS A PREDITOR, STALKING ME. NEVER HAVING ENOUGH TIME, FOR THE GREAT THINGS I WANTED TO DO WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. BUT AS I LOOK BACK THE LAST 50 YEARS, I’VE COME TO RELIZE THAT TIME HAD ME ON A GREAT JOURNEY. I’M HOPING THAT TIME WILL KEEP ME ON THIS JOURNEY FOR MANY MORE CAMPING SEASONS.
SACHAM WHITE PATCH
FRED J MERCER
YOU’RE FRIEND IN SCOUTING.
1. Enclose 1 end of Laughing eyes pavilion
2. fix holes in sheetrock Dhall
3. put on new knobs and pulls Dhall cabinets
4. Caulk outside wall of Fireplace Goetz Lodge
5. Install sink and paint Maryville showerhouse
6. paint trim Maryville lodge
7. put up wall backside of Maryville near garage doors
8. Paint Training center doors green
9. replace window blinds in cabins that need it
10. install handrail basement of Campmaster
11. Caulk Pool
12. paint pool entryway
13. paint chemical room door
14. treat porch at pool cabin
15. build soffet for back of Boat house
16. fix washouts side of Herzog Lodge
17. treat back wall of council ring backdrop
18. treat inside wall COPE Pavillion
19. Put up Pavillion in Short Arrow
20. Repair picnic tables
21. build folding benches
22. repair platforms in campsites, Strong Bull
23. Projects of Shotgun Range.
24. Treat Tower
25. repair gutter Training Center
26. Gates at 5 stand needing repair
27.Insulate Campmaster ceiling and Ranger’s House
28. Repair Benches at Dhall
29. Attach Stainless Steel archway in Dishroom Dhall
30. Build landing on steps off loading Dock.