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5 Apr 2022
Some camps are making amends for a history of cultural appropriation, retiring ‘powwows’ and cabin names
“I’m still learning the new names,” said Holly Mueller Hecht. She walks past the rows of cabins, then nods toward one. “But that one is named after a plant now.”
Until August 2020, the 18 camper bunks at Camp Onas, a coed sleepaway camp in Ottsville, Pennsylvania, where Hecht is one of the directors, all had names either derived from Native American tribes and languages, or constructed to sound as if they were.
There was Seminole and Playwicki; Tulpehocken and Tinicum; Wissahickon and Comanche – a mishmash of cultures, not to mention of fact and fiction.
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