We are the red men

There are lots of different verses for this song.  Some of them are quite similar to each other, so you should pick and choose a selection to suit you.  My Brownies’ favourite is the last one!

Everyone should start kneeling up.  Where actions are not specified, mime the action described in the verse.

We are the red men, tall and straight, 
With our feathers and war paint.                
        On “feathers” hold fingers up above head as if they were feathers. 
        On “war paint” draw two fingers down each cheek.

Chorus: 
Pow wow!  Pow Wow! 
        Bow to the floor once for each “pow wow”.       
We’re the men of the old dun cow 
        On “men” hold arms out in front of you. 
        On “old” fold one arm across chest. 
        On “cow” fold second arm across chest. 
How! 
        Raise one arm to make greeting. 
All of us are red men 
        Paint cheeks with fingers. 
Feathers in our head men 
        Hold fingers up above head as if they were feathers. 
Down amongst the dead men 
        Thumbs down 
(sound of slicing a throat) 
        Slice your throat with one hand 
Pow wow!  Pow wow! 
        Bow to the floor once for each “pow wow”.

We come home from distant shores, 
Greeted by our long-nosed squaws.

We can fight with sticks and stones, 
Bows and arrows, bricks and bones.

We all smoke our pipes of peace, 
While the war-drums never cease.

We tie Brown Owl* to a post,            
Turn her round and let her roast!

We tie Brown Owl* to a post, 
Spread her innards on our toast!

We tie Brown Owl* to a stake 
Mix her innards in our cake!

We eat Brown Owl* in our cake 
Yuck she gives us stomach ache!

We like Brownies**, yes we do! 
Eat their innards in a stew!

We are Brownies** good as gold, 
Never do as we are told!

 

* Replace with the name of your own leader if different! 
** or Rainbows, Girl Guides, Rangers, etc.

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