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November 30, 1976 - Image 2

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Page Two


Tuesday, November 30, 1 )7


Zichigamua:Test q
(Continued from Page 1) I day, when the pace of campus by University students who have
There really was a tribe nam- life was slower and the atmos- miled sex discrimination and
ed Michigamua - it was. the' phere more light - hearted. civil rights complaints with the
namesake of the state. Though Yet Michiamua survives federal government is perhaps
it is difficult to unearth the ex- . most important to the Tribe's



tradi tion








M I C H I G A M U A was
founded in 1901 by a group of
men in that year's junior class.
They were members of a PhiIns-
ophy Devartment discussion.

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gamua moved into its perma-
neut "wigwam" in the Union
Tower. Recognized as an im-
portant senior honorary by the
Board of' the Union. they oc-




nn v 1'ctm n is i~ o reasons of'orhthe Indianhou r--.
C L L, U1111UL LU S. tJLR%'4*LAS IS%' C.X- ThnwhtiaiEvni st ti-I.------r - - 11L4 3willy --------11"'rt LO% F "* '** /;.. VA *I; % **,**** -J ;L
act reasons for theIndianfor en atEven current troubles: "A Title IX group called The Hot Air Club, cu'iied the space free of charge,
mat, it is apparent from tradi- most dedicated members have violator" and "an all-male hon- and became interested in form- and have ever since.
tion that the early members be- orary whose activities are bas- ing a campus-wide service or-
ea-lieved Indians to be fierce and swer, ed on a parody of Native Amer- ganization. In a history of the THERE IS little doubt that
noble, suitable models for their A C C O R I N G T O ican culture." ; founding written several years the braves were interested in
purposes. . . before the Second World War, service, but seldom did Michi-
The Tribe is still wrapped in John Feldkamp, Unversity BOTH THE University and an old brave wrote of the Uni- gamua as a whole tackle a spe-
these Indian traditions begun meber direcTor be'an lcie the Dept. of Health, Edufcation versity's mood in 1901: cific program. Members worked
by the founders. The Michiga- r o the Tribe alumni and Welfare (HEW) are inves- "With almost complete isola- through their individual activi-
mua ideal, taken by members through so many eras tat its tigating the Tribe for alleged tion from social affairs of the ties. Setting a precedent that
sa r ideal, taingb emer-s o ut so mtnyjastw at its violations of Title IX of the 1972 outside world for months at a' would last into the Sixties, the
seriousness, is the proud war it group t give greater iEducation Amendments, the time, there was much greater earl" braves discussed campus
rior - string and wise, a sym- ~eanin to your senior year." federal regulation which forbids occasion for close association events and planned how each,
bol of virility. . sex discrimination by certain and that interchange of ideas as an individual, could worl
The University's self-appoint- University organizations and' that made the - term 'College1 to solve problems and aid tI-
THE ORGANIZATION seems ed chief booster, football an- departments. Spirit' mean something whichfl faculty, the administration, a'
anachros t cy o tecntry says "It honors those men they Local Native Americans have it lacks today. Student activities other student groups.
phan ftrn-f-th-cntY feel will do honor to the name charged that the group discri- centered, for the most part, "Our policy was to. wor
days when college students of Michigan" minates against American In- around the various class organ- from within organizations, spot
were sheltered from the social dians, mocks them, and posses-. izations . . Class politics soring nothing specifically.
issues that concern many to- The label given Michigamua ses Indian artifacts to which it formed one of the major outlets wrote a 1911 brave in 1942. "Ar
has no right. for individual enthusiasm . . ." as I remember it, we felt t
--. - _ n te mist o thse cassexerted a good real of inf
So members of the Tribe In the midst of these class e - more than if we had
MARLON BRANDO in 1970 old and new - have begun to competitions and fiery activity beed our activities as Mit
take stock of their traditions, of in student organizations an baled projects."
' the organization and secrets snorts, the Hot Air Club became .
B they hold dear. Many mem- Michigamua, dedicating itself It is difficult to measure
Tribe's impact' on the ca:np
Gillo Pontecorvo's masterful film of neo-colon- bers are baffledby te gcom ito servdic tiothe Universit Itsbaffairs were oftenrmins.
tlism and revolution. "Herefor more than in d somewhat in decades to come, such as a re-World War r
same are cautiously consider- '' commendation that the Urive
Battle of Algiers, Pontecorvo explores Fanon's .. but in the early 1900s it was' omnainta h rv
ing the possibilities of change. foremost ofethe Tribe's pur- sity award "better - grad
theme that through long-delayed and liberat- The braves are faced with a poses. sweaters . . . to all Major Ath
ing violence the oppressed are returned to self showdown, and they will soon be letic Teams." Many meeting
respect and adulthood."-Joan Mellen. Brando forced to look to their origins IN THE early years the were consumed by plans foi
i ~group was; careful to divideI Tribe outings and armchair dis
considers this to be one of his favorite per- to discover exactly what they merou p beto divter Tussions of campus activities.
fomncs 1 are all about. membership between fraternity.csinofamuatvti.
formances. re ab_!t. men and independents. By the'0 C C A S IO N A L L Y,itt
mid-twenties, membership was i-fluence was substantial. The
WED: HARA KIRI extended to any candidate who! Tribe played a part in the es
!_ _ _ _met the requirements of the tablishment of the Michigan
OTribe, regardless of fraternity Union, for many years a pow-
CINEMA GUILD OLD ARCH. AUD. TONIGHT AT affiliation. Only men from the erful and, popular student or-
Admission $1.25 7:00 & 9:05& literary and engineering schools -niation. It also conceived of
IN DETRUOIT/19O6'1976 were originally eligible, but the Uniqn building itself, as well
.------- --_ __ _ __ __ _ ..-___-___W____ __._._-____-___.____.__- 1NF M,' I' Mfr. tr s .1 tit aOoTi those restrictions were soon , as the Senior Council, the Uni-
eT Jabandoned as well. iversity's first student self-gov-
F E ~~Free Through Jan. 16 1Ierigbody
FPROUD TRADITION The Tribe jumped from place enn oy
U T Tto place, sometimes meeting in Whether the Tribe was trivial
WORTH KNOWING i fraternities, for a time in a or significant, the Faculty Com-
"U" VERBALLY AGREES 400 Artworks * room over a photo shop on Inittee on Student Affairs saw
-Precious Metals-Ironwork State Street, then in a new fit i 1913 to grant it status as
PCAatin&sW"" Scltreiles - building which stood on the lot "The Senior Society" on cam-
HouRS W T6 Sat, sun now occupied by the Huron ipIS.
REFUSES TO SIGN! 431 am-5 30 pm Fri 1-9 pm IC Valley National Bank on North In the first decade or two,
{ t ~CLOSED HOLIDAYS University. those selected for membership,
PHONE 833-'900 In 1933, with the sponsorship or "tanned." underwent a harsh
THE ETROI TINSTITUTE OF ARTS of honorary sachem Fielding physical initiation. Each "young
Come to Membership Meeting to "Great Scalper" Yost, Michi- buck"-'received a birchmark in-
Discuss Contract Ratification and --itation which directed him to
be at the Tapnan Oak on the
Pressure Tactics to Force "U" to J Ying at a certain time. The
Give Us Our Contracts.fihting braves came from the
G"wigwam" (headquarters) with
a long rone between them. 'The
randid-tes were tied to the rope
8:00 P.M. by leather thongs, then led back
tn the wigwam for the initiation
ONE BRAVE of the era re-
RACKHAMkAported that raw eggs were
RAsmehred in his hair, paint was
PHoTHEATERn is face, he was
0eneral body beating with wa
sctlds, snow shoes, and other
i Loom ____ -Lnlements carried by the
e*, braves." With that, they had
4 "PqIqnd the test. They smoked
the neare pine and became
...AND THE TIME ro baves.
"nope Day", as it came to
DLAKN 7Q'j. CI4Q.IS5 t~s PARPTy Ihknown, contined in milder
4 r J f -ns thronue 1973, when Na-
IW --American conmlaints that
WIT0 US ceremony made fun of In
j dians forced initiation off cam
plus, out of the public eye.



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