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Clip from
Camp Josepho "the West Point of Scouting"

1944
Full Color    Run time: 1:39 minutes
Director: Benjamin D.Sharpe;  Photography: Edwin E. Olsen;  Produced & Narrated by James A. FitzPatrick

          The first known images of the Tamet Lodge Ritual Team are recorded in the 1944 newsreel film: Camp Josepho"the West Point of Scouting". Included in the film is a 99-second long sequence showing a Calling  Out (or Tap Out) of a young Scout elected into the Order of the Arrow at Camp Josepho during the summer of 1943. The ceremony takes place in the lodge building in front of the grand fireplace. Dick Iseminger, future 1944 Lodge Chief, is believed to be leading the ceremony. A second Arrowman seen in a Chief's bonnet is possibly Allen O'Neil, who later became Tamet Lodge's first Ritual Chief in 1947. It is unclear if the costumes were constructed and owned by the Lodge, by the individuals wearing the costumes or both? 
          Throughout the United States, photographic documentation of Order of the Arrow ceremonies from  the 1940's is considered rare and color films of such ceremonies are extremely scarce. The secretive and mysterious nature of OA rituals, combined with limited availability and expense of color camera equipment at the time, may possibly account  for the limited archival film footage of early Arrow ceremonies that exists today.

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Tamet Lodge Ritual Team Tap-Out
Clip from
The Ronald Kaplan Camp Josepho Film

1943
Full Color   Silent  Run time:  2:23 minutes
Photography: Ronald Kaplan


          This is the uncut, silent version of the entire 1943 Tamet Lodge tap-out ceremony. There is an additional 45 seconds of film footage that was not used in the 1944 news reel version. However, the 1944 news reel version contains some additional footage that is not present on the Kaplan film, leading to speculation that the ceremony was being filmed by two different photographers. In addition to future Lodge Chiefs Dick Iseminger and possibly Tom Canady, this version shows 1943 lodge Chief Jerry Saunders in many of the scenes.



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Tamet Lodge Ritual Team Tap-Out Ceremony
Clip from
Camp Emerald Bay Video
1951
Full Color    Silent  Run time: 1:39 minutes
Photography: thought to be George Bergstrom


          Part 2 of the 1951 Camp Emerald Bay film documents a Tamet Lodge, Pimu Chapter, Order of the Arrow tap out ceremony
on the waterfront of camp. As was the custom at Camp Emerald Bay well into the 1970's, on the next to last night of camp, Scout campers assembled onto the Parade ground in a large broken circle, open to the beach. Then, by the dramatic lighting of a flaming arrow, a lone Indian could be seen, silhouetted, on the bluff above Doctor's Point where he arched back with his bow, shooting the arrow in a high arc out into the ocean waters of Emerald Bay. Loud Indian drums began pounding and the flickering fiery reflections of hand-held torches could be seen on the water as Arrowmen staff members in full Indian costumes paddled canoes around the point (known as "Arrow Point" prior to the 1960's), soon landing their craft on the waterfront beach. Campers watched as the Indians danced from the beach and into the open circle, swinging their fire torches and lighting fire pots that had previously been hidden into the parade ground in front of the campers. The open circle closed as the the last of the Indians entered and the tap-out ceremony of new Arrowmen candidates began.
          This film sequence captures many aspects of the dramatic ceremony although it takes place in daylight, presumably for the benefit of the photographer, George Bergstrom who would not have had the necessary equipment to shoot night-time film sequences. The Indian Chief is thought to be Bill Douglas, Lodge Ritual Chief and highest ranking Arrowman at Camp in the summer of 1951.
 

 
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