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Thu Nov 25, 2021, 06:25 PM

Were you ever one of these?



An Indian Guide?

You're probably telling your age if you were and might have a bit of a mix in your feelings about it now. They had pretty okay goals but all had a bit of a taint of 1950's cliched views of the realities of Native American history. I was only eight or nine and only have bits of memories of my experience as a member but with today's news stories and subjects the memory jiggled out of my head for the 1st time in many years.

Anyone else remember this group?

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Tom Yossarian Joad Nov 25 OP
TygrBright Nov 25 #1
applegrove Nov 25 #2
bottomofthehill Nov 25 #3
Haggard Celine Nov 25 #4
Hoyt Nov 25 #5
Deuxcents Nov 25 #6
Wounded Bear Nov 25 #7
SYFROYH Nov 25 #8
Progressive Jones Nov 25 #11
GemDigger Nov 25 #9
meadowlander Nov 25 #10

Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 06:28 PM

1. No, but I was a "Campfire Girl" and they did a fair bit of cultural appropriation back then.

On the other hand, they were one of the first youth organizations to wise up and stop that shit, and also to go co-ed.

So, mixed bag.

reminiscently,
Bright

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 06:52 PM

2. I remember being in a big stockade at summer camp. We had to march

around a fire in the center in a certain way, toe then heel, to culturally appropriate. Don't know if it was based on reality or was just some trope. Before the widespread use of shoes, Europeans walked toe heel. So I don't know.

My sisters kids went to a camp named after an Indigenous nation on an island at her cottage. This summer the cottagers wanted to rename the camp and the nation were like no. They have had jobs and a relationship every summer with the summer camp for one hundred years. When it doubt, ask.

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:01 PM

3. The YMCA ran them where I was from

They were literally called the Y- Indian Guides. The meetings were held at the local ymca.

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:02 PM

4. They aren't burning a cross, are they?

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:21 PM

5. Yep. Although we didn't wear the big head-dresses.

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 08:45 PM

6. I have o words

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 08:47 PM

7. Never a member, but I remember hearing of them....nt

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 09:15 PM

8. I was in the Order of the Arrow and we appropriated a lot of Indigenous


Culture into our ceremonies.

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Response to SYFROYH (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 09:43 PM

11. Same here. That was Boy Scouts. nt

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 09:37 PM

9. Yes but in a different way.

I worked for the Blind Association in the summer where they had classes to help the Native American people with learning to live with that blindness. I was a guide for the blind.

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 09:40 PM

10. No but my high school mascot was the Chiefs

so I still have a headdressed head on my letter jacket.

They didn't change it until the early 2000s.

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