Tiwahe History

Tiwahe Lodge #45 was formed when Ashie Lodge #436 merged with Pang Lodge #532 on November 7, 1992 at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. The 4 and 5 of Tiwahe Lodge #45 were the first number from each of the two merged lodges. The Tiwahe Lodge totem is the Red Tailed Hawk. The first Tiwahe Chief was Leighton Ewens. The first Tiwahe Lodge Adviser was Mike Ewens. Mike was also the last Ashie Lodge Adviser.

Ashie Lodge #436

Ashie Lodge was organized in 1949 by Ernest Casados, a District Executive, and George Tatgenhorst, Scoutmaster of Troop #131.

These men decided to form a Lodge with a more serious and deeper understanding of American Indians than other Order of the Arrow Lodges throughout the country.

The first formal elections were held, and Ashie Lodge was inducted in April 1950. A team from the Spe-le-yei Lodge of Verdugo Hills Council, Glendale, CA under the direction of Mr. Tubby Houston, Assistant Scout Executive and Regional Order of the Arrow Advisor, conducted the ceremony. Mr. Tatgenhorst was the first Charter Member of Ashie Lodge, and the first member to be awarded the Vigil Honor.

Selecting an Indian Tribe on which to pattern the Ashie Lodge costuming and ceremonies was a very difficult task, since none of the Tribes from Southern California had the culture or artifacts that typify other more well known Tribes. Assistance was received from Mr. Malcolm Farmer, Curator of the Museum of Man at Balboa Park in San Diego. Farmer had been a government agent for the Navajo, and he suggested that the Ashie Lodge adopt the Navajo as its Tribe, since there was more information and written material about the Navajo indians than for any other Tribe.

One of the first Navajo Clans was the Ashie, or Salt People Clan. This related to the ocean. The Indians from Los Angeles south to San Diego made sand paintings as did the Navajo.

The Navajo are colorful Indians, and in ancient times they lived in Southern California. They were a Tribe that fit into the San Diego area, so the Ashie Lodge embraced the Navajo traditions and the Clan name.

Harry Bakken was the last Lodge Chief of Ashie Lodge #436.

Pang Lodge #532

Pang Lodge #532 was formed in the Fall of 1958. The first Ordeal Candidates were inducted at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona by Wipiala Wiki Lodge #432, Grand Canyon Council in Arizona.

Pang Lodge was part of Area XIIF (12-F) until 1970 when it became part of Area XIIA (12-A), and in 1992 with the changes to Sections, Pang Lodge became part of the W4B Section. While it was part of the 12-F section, Pang supplied two Area Chiefs, one of whom was elected for two terms. Pang Lodge had three chapters that were widely separated by desert -- Elauwit was located in the Imperial Valley, Memecus was located in Blythe/Parker, and Nianque was located in Yuma. The Pang Lodge totem was the Big Horn Sheep. The Lodge symbol was a ram. Vigil honors were given annually. Those selected joined a fellow lodge, Wiatava, in Pow Wow where our Vigils were inducted. Wiatava Lodge is located in Orange County, California. Jason Jackson was the last Lodge Chief of Pang Lodge.

Ashie Lodge #436
Council: San Diego County
Chartered: 1950
Name Origin: Navajo for "the salt people" or "people of the salt"
Lodge Totem: Thunderbird
Name Translation: Thunderbird
Section: W4-B, Western Region
1992 Changes: Merged with Pang Lodge #532 on November 7, 1992 to form Tiwahe Lodge #45
2001 Changes: In January 2001, the chapter from Yuma, AZ transferred to Wipala Wiki Lodge in Phoenix.
 
Selected Ashie Lodge Patches
 
Ashie 436 Pocket Patch
 
Ashie 436 Pocket Patch
     
Ashie 436 Pocket Patch
 
Ashie 436 Pocket Patch
Ashie Patch
 
Ashie Patch
Ashie Patch
 
Ashie Patch
Ashie Patch
  Ashie Patch
Pang Ashie Patch
 
Pang Lodge #532
 
Council: San Diego County
Chartered: 1958
Lodge Totem: Big Horn Sheep
Section: XIIF
1972: Area W4B
Chapters: Elauwit
Memecus

Nianque
 
Selected Pang Lodge Patches
 
Pang 532 Pocket Patch
 
Pang 532 Pocket Patch
Pang Patch
Pang Patch
  Pang Patch
Pang Pow Wow Patch
     
Tiwahe Lodge
 
Council: San Diego County
Chartered: 1992
Name Origin: Lakota for Family
Lodge Totem: Red Tailed Hawk
Name Translation: Family
Section: Section W-4S, Western Region
1992: Ashie #436 Merged with Pang #532 to form Tiwahe #45
2001: In January 2001, the chapter from Yuma, Arizona transfered to Wipali Wiki out of Phoenix.
2009: Sections were realigned, and Tiwahe #45 is now part of W4-S
Chapters: Allohak
Bitani
Elauwit
Hadaazli-To
Kah-Shinni

Naabaahii
Pischk
Shash-Tsoh
Wulinaxin
 
Selected Tiwahe Lodge Patches
 
Tiwahe Patch
  Tiwahe Patch
Tiwahe Patch
 
Tiwahe Patch
Tiwahe Neckerchief  
Tiwahe Patch