Kit Carson Round-up
(August 7, 1935)
Famous Koshare Indian Scout Troop from La Junta be at Round-up
C. W. McAnnally, president of the Round-Up Association, stated yesterday that negotiations are almost completed for bringing the Koshare Indian Scout Troop from La Junta for two days of the Kit Carson Round-Up on August 20-22.
This widely known organization will take part in the big parade on August 21, the second day of the Round-Up, and will put on Indian war dances at Round-Up park between the race and rodeo events.
This noted scout troop is an outstanding group of boys all first class scouts, or of higher rank, and numbers 22 members.
The name of the troop, "Koshare" is an Indian word which translated means "pleasure seekers." The troop went to St. Louis last February where they took part in the Scout Circus and proved to be an outstanding attraction.
Since then those interested in scouting in St. Louis have started a similar troop, No. 2 Koshare, the La Junta troop being No. 1 in the United States. The La Junta troop has also performed at Santa Fe, Taos, and Gallup, N. M., and their Indian ceremonies have also been depicted at the Denver University and the Rocky Ford Fair.
Their dances include "The Scout Dance" "Ojibway Dance," "Eagle Dance," "Crow Sund Dance," "Sioux War Dance," "Taos War Dance", and many others.
The costumes and bead work worn during the dance by this group of 22 scouts are valued at more than $5000.00 and their appearance in the parade and at Round-Up park will be an outstanding attraction at the big show.
The Round-Up Association, with the cooperation of the local Scout Parent's Association and Paul Nelson's Trad-Post, have been working hard to obtain this unique attraction.