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Video: Boy Scouts at 1929 World Jamboree Perform as Native Americans


This video features film footage of events at the Boy Scouts’ third World Jamboree, held in England in 1929. The jamboree was known as the “Coming of Age” Jamboree, since it marked twenty-one years since the foundation of the Boy Scouts. As seen in the two other videos from the event, the world jamboree featured military-like marching under flags of various nations while also proclaiming a spirit of international brotherhood. As this video shows, cultural appropriation and an endorsement of colonialism was also a central aspect of the Scout movement as the boys performed in costumes meant to evoke Native Americans. 
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Video via the Reuter's New Service British Pathé channel on YouTube. 

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"Video: Boy Scouts at 1929 World Jamboree Perform as Native Americans," in World History Commons, [accessed April 16, 2024]