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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
This is a very exciting year for the Eswau Huppeday Lodge, this year we turn 50 years old (youngins in the section). This year we have put together an interesting group of event patches that snap together when put together. Starting with the first piece(spring fellowship-musket), the fall fellowship oval, and the winter banquet tomahawk, …Read More
I have an updated list of memorabilia that will be issued for our 50th anniversary. We will issue a set of 3 woven flaps, they will be our first woven issues. W1 will be the S1; W2 will be the pink issue; W3 will be S24, the idea is to depict a special flap that …Read More
This year has been special for Eswau Huppeday Lodge, we have had a year full of fun events and memorabilia that we have enjoyed in celebration of our 50th anniversary. Two more pieces of memorabilia that were issued includes a fully embroidered backpatch along with a beautiful embroidered neckerchief. Both pieces were pre-ordered and very …Read More
To continue with the theme for our 50th anniversary the Eswau Huppeday Lodge rolled out a totally different Dixie Fellowship designed flap. The flap includes the Cherokee and Catawba Indians appearing to lay their weapons down in a sign of peace amongst the two tribes. Gold Mylar embroidered “2014 Dixie” enhances the multi-colored river scene. …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
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