They Called It Prairie Light The Story of Chilocco Indian School

ISBN-10: 0803279574

ISBN-13: 9780803279575

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Description: Established in 1884 and operative for nearly a century, the Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma was one of a series of off-reservation boarding schools intended to assimilate American Indian children into mainstream American life. Critics have characterized the schools as destroyers of Indian communities and cultures, but the reality that K. Tsianina Lomawaima discloses was much more complex. nbsp; Lomawaima allows the Chilocco students to speak for themselves. In recollections juxtaposed against the official records of racist ideology and repressive practice, students from the 1920s and 1930s recall their loneliness and demoralization but also remember with pride the love and mutual support binding them together—the forging of new pan-Indian identities and reinforcement of old tribal ones.

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 8/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 215
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Chilocco
Preface
Acknowledgments
'They Called it Prairie Light'
'The Fines' School on Earth'
'I Could Always Plow A Pretty Straight Line'
'You'Re A Woman, You'Re Going to Be A Wife'
'You Dizzy Bastard, Get in Step!'
'Hm! White Boy! You Got No Business Here!'
Epilogue: Curtis T. Carr
Chilocco Alumni: Research Participants
Interview Methodology
Interview Guide
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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