Boarding School Blues Revisiting American Indian Educational Experiences

ISBN-10: 0803294638
ISBN-13: 9780803294639
Edition: 2006
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Description: Like the figures in the ancient oral literature of Native Americans, children who lived through the American Indian boarding school experience became heroes, bravely facing a monster not of their own making. Sometimes the monster swallowed them up.  More...

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 9/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 274
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Like the figures in the ancient oral literature of Native Americans, children who lived through the American Indian boarding school experience became heroes, bravely facing a monster not of their own making. Sometimes the monster swallowed them up. More often, though, the children fought the monster and grew stronger. This volume draws on the full breadth of this experience in showing how American Indian boarding schools provided both positive and negative influences for Native American children. The boarding schools became an integral part of American history, a shared history that resulted in Indians "turning the power" by using their school experiences to grow in wisdom and benefit their people.The first volume of essays ever to focus on the American Indian boarding school experience, and written by some of the foremost experts and most promising young scholars of the subject,Boarding School Bluesranges widely in scope, addressing issues such as sports, runaways, punishment, physical plants, and Christianity. With comparative studies of the various schools, regions, tribes, and aboriginal peoples of the Americas and Australia, the book reveals both the light and the dark aspects of the boarding school experience and illuminates the vast gray area in between.Clifford E. Trafzer is a professor of American Indian history, director of public history, and director of graduate studies at the University of California, Riverside. His many books includeAs Long as the Grass Shall Grow and Rivers Flow: A History of Native Americans. Jean A. Keller is an adjunct professor of American Indian studies at Palomar College in San Marcos, California, and a private cultural resources consultant. She is the author ofEmpty Beds: Indian Student Health at Sherman Institute, 1902-1922. Lorene Sisquoc is the curator of the Sherman Indian Museum in Riverside, California. She teaches Native American traditions to high school students and instructs extension classes in Native American studies.

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Preface
Introduction: Origin and Development of the American Indian Boarding School System
Beyond Bleakness: The Brighter Side of Indian Boarding Schools, 1870-1940
"We Had a Lot of Fun, but of Course, That Wasn't the School Part": Life at the Rainy Mountain Boarding School, 1893-1920
The Man on the Bandstand at Carlisle Indian Industrial School: What He Reveals about the Children's Experiences
Putting Lucy Pretty Eagle to Rest
Loosening the Bonds: The Rapid City Indian School in the 1920s
Hail Mary: The Catholic Experience at St. Boniface Indian School
Learning Gender: Female Students at the Sherman Institute, 1907-1925
Through a Wide-Angle Lens: Acquiring and Maintaining Power, Position, and Knowledge through Boarding Schools
Indian Boarding Schools in Comparative Perspective: The Removal of Indigenous Children in the United States and Australia, 1880-1940
The Place of American Indian Boarding Schools in Contemporary Society
About the Editors
Index

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