Boarding School Seasons American Indian Families, 1900-1940

ISBN-10: 0803264054
ISBN-13: 9780803264052
Edition: 2000
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Description: Boarding School Seasons offers a revealing look at the strong emotional history of Indian boarding school experiences in the first half of the twentieth century. At the heart of this book are the hundreds of letters written by parents, children, &  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 2/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 154
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Boarding School Seasons offers a revealing look at the strong emotional history of Indian boarding school experiences in the first half of the twentieth century. At the heart of this book are the hundreds of letters written by parents, children, & school officials at Haskell Institute in Kansas & the Flandreau School in South Dakota. These revealing letters show how profoundly entire families were affected by their experiences. Children, who often attended schools at great distances from their communities, suffered from homesickness, & their parents from loneliness. Parents worried continually about the emotional & physical health & the academic process of their children. Families clashed repeatedly with school officials over rampant illnesses & deplorable living conditions & devised strategies to circumvent severely limiting visitation rules. Family intimacy was threatened by the schools' suppression of traditional languages & Native cultural practices. Although boarding schools were a threat to family life, profound changes occurred in the boarding school experience as families turned to these institutions for relief during the Depression, when poverty & the loss of traditional seasonal economies proved a greater threat. Boarding School Seasons provides a multifaceted look at the aspirations & struggles of real people.

Taaji Rauf is a writer and educator. She is writing her first how-to book, a novel, and her next collection of short stories. This has been an amazing journey for her. She wishes, hopes, and prays that you have enjoyed Before Life. In the near future you will be able to enjoy many, many more of her books. Taaji lives in Los Angeles, California, writing, teaching, and enjoying life.

Acknowledgments
Introduction the Legacy of Boarding School Letters
Star Quilts and Jim Thorpe
From Reservation to Boarding School
Train Time
Illness and Death
Working for the School
Runaway Boys, Resistant Girls
Conclusion
Red Lake Students Who Attended Non Reservations Schools Circa 1929
Flandreau Enrollment Figures, 1893-1939
Flandreau Enrollment Distributions by Tribe and by State, 1937-38
Haskell Institute Cemetery Burials, by Tribal Name on Tombstone
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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