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17/365 – Indian Princesses and political correctness

Posted in Landscapes, Places by Dave on January 17, 2010

This is our 3rd year in the Indian Princesses through the YMCA.  It really is a lot of fun and has been a great way to hang out with my daughters.

The Indian Princesses program was started in 1926 by Harold Keltner and Joe Friday, an Ojibwa Indian. They had realized that a major difference between the Indian culture and the “white man’s” culture was the role the father played in raising the children. In Indian culture, the fathers played a much more significant role.

Joe and Harold created the Indian Guides/Indian Princess programs to help fathers play a greater role in their childrens life. Pretty cool. I can say it’s been very effective for my family.

So now, it is considered politically incorrect to call the program “Indian” anything. We have to do away with anything Indian related…change our tribe name to something else and no longer honor any traditions that have been effective for the last 86 years. I can’t imagine any Indian would be remotely offended by this program.

When you’re in the camp mess hall, the walls are adorned with pictures and awards for tribes dating back to the 1920’s. I guess they’ll have to tear all that down too.

It looks like the program will now be called the Explorers.  Please don’t tell “Dora the Explorer”, she might get pissed too.

Here’s my picture from this morning at the camp.. I was hoping for a nice stormy mountain sunrise. No luck.


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  1. Steve said, on January 18, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Love the idea behind the program. Not sure about the term “indian” becoming politically correct. Are we just to forget that part of our country’s heritage? What’s their stance on “Native American”?

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