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Eswau Huppeday Lodge, bearing the national registration number 560, was one of the last Lodges to be chartered, although the Piedmont Council had been in existence since the early days of Scouting. Because the council leadership at that time was not well disposed towards the OA it was 1964 before the lodge was chartered and organized. On August 15, 1964, the first business meeting of the Piedmont Council Order of the Arrow Lodge was called to order by Mr. A.C. Bowman. During this meeting, training was conducted, officers were elected, committees were appointed, and the Lodge name and totem were chosen.
The explanation of the lodge name is that two Native American tribes, the Catawba and Cherokee in today what is central and western North Carolina fought many battles in the area that lay between the Catawba and Broad Rivers. This portion of land encompasses most of the present-day Piedmont Council. It was referred to by the tribes as the Eswau Huppeday–the land between the rivers.
Each year in January, the Eswau Huppeday lodge hosts the Carolinas Indian Seminar that is held in Statesville, N.C. The Indian Seminar is a great place to learn anything and everything about Indian events, drumming, dancing, etc. Capped off on Saturday evening with a pow-wow. This event is attended from Indian enthusiasts from across the …Read More
The Eswau Huppeday lodge held it’s annual winter banquet on Saturday January 4, 2014. The evenings festivities included past lodge speaker about some of the changes in our lodge over the past 50 years, lodge trivia game, chapter awards, awards and recognitions and a dinner including barbecue (North Carolina) style and a look to this …Read More
2014 is a very special year for the Eswau Huppeday Lodge, it marks the 50th anniversary for the lodge. Going along with the theme for this year, we have issued a “first” in our lodge history with the issuance of our ghost flap, it contains several different colors of yellow and gold to make the …Read More
Another new design for this year’s anniversary for the Eswau Huppeday Lodge is the 50th anniversary full color flap, it depicts two Indians sitting together, appear to be talking peace between the two tribes of Catawba and Cherokee. It has a gold mylar border with 50th anniversary in red. Submitted by Lodge Editor David Barger …Read More
Below is the Eswau Huppeday Dixie delegate flap. It is a much toned down from original design that had a much more future look to our totem, a much further into the future look! Our lodge theme for the year is time travel, and this totem gets us a little more into the future. The …Read More
The Eswau Huppeday A1 idea was developed by membership development committee chairman Daniel Thompson and his advisor Kevin Gantt. I have the requirements and will forward them to you as soon as I find them. I had the felts printed locally. We made 150. They were given out at the 2004 winter banquet and because …Read More
The first flap Eswau Huppeday lodge issued for wear on the scout uniform, known as the “black teepee” issue or the “dark teepee”. However not many realize that this issue was by several in lodge opinion was not the actual first issue. I personally talked to a lodge member that was inducted into the lodge …Read More