Y-Indian Guides collection
The use of the word “Indian” occurs throughout this collection due to the name of the organization at the time.
The Y-Indian Guides collection is arranged into three series, one of which has been further divided into subseries. The materials are housed in two archival document boxes.
- 1963 - 1967
- Lyon family (Family)
Conditions Governing Use
0.25 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Task forces and committees formed to examine the program’s themes and apparent cultural appropriation during the 1970s, and national guidelines remained largely unchanged for at least two decades. The program’s name had been modified several times, from YMCA Indian Guides, Princesses, Braves, and Maidens in its early years, to Y-Indian Guides or Y-Guides toward the end of the 20th century. In 2003, the YMCA’s national organization decided to officially change the program’s name to YMCA Adventure Guides and removed all references to “Indians” from guidebooks and activities. (Examples of language revision within the organization included changing parent-child “tribes” to “circles,” and “chiefs” to instead be called “navigators.”) In addition to responding to shifting attitudes about the usage of Native American themes and mascots by non-native peoples, the change in policy also meant to update the program and boost membership. As of 2019, Adventure Guides programs through the YMCA encourage parentchild interaction with group activities and outdoor pursuits to bond through shared experiences.
System of Arrangement
Series I: General camp information, 1963-1966 and n.d.
Series II: Newsletters and publicity, 1965-1966
Series III: Reports, 1965-1967 and n.d.
Subseries A: Camp activity reports, 1965-1967 and n.d.
Subseries B: Council reports, 1965-1967 and n.d.
Subseries C: Tally reports, 1965-1966
- Finding Aid to the Y-Indian Guides Collection, 1963-1967
- Cassidy Smith
- 6 August 2019
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA