Borum shares love of scouting and Native American culture

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 16, 1999

Natchez native Dr. Charles Borum has been involved with Boy Scouts nearly all his life — first as a scout and now as a scout master.

&uot;I get a kick now out of seeing the boys enjoy it the way I used to enjoy it,&uot; Borum said.

His veterinary office on Jefferson Davis Boulevard is lined with pictures of past scout troops and items related to Native American culture.

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His love for scouting led him to start the Natchez Powwow in the 1980s. He still serves as Powwow Committee chairman.

Borum lived in Oklahoma for a short time before returning to Natchez. While there, he was able to attend numerous Powwows.

&uot;As far as I know there had never been an Oklahoma-style Powwow (in Mississippi) until we did it here,&uot; Borum said.

A Powwow — a festival that includes Native American song and dance — is a great way to stimulate interest in scouting, Borum said.

Natchez has had a Powwow for the past 11 years and will hold its 12th at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in March.

Borum said he owes a lot of the credit for past Powwows to people connected with the Grand Village.

&uot;If I didn’t have the help that I got at the Indian Village (we) probably couldn’t keep doing it,&uot; Borum said.

Borum said he wanted to have a Natchez Powwow so local scouts could be exposed to Native American outfits and dance.

&uot;Native American culture has an appeal to a lot people,&uot; Borum said.

While scouting as a child, Borum became interested in Native-American life.

He was also a member of the Order of the Arrow, a honor and service society for boy scouts. The order also studies Indian lore. &uot;That’s when a lot of us got our interest in the Indian culture,&uot; he said.

Borum has served for the past 10 years as the scout master for Troop 157.