Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940

Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940

by Brenda J. Child, Brenda Child
     
 

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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, and school officials at Haskell Institute in Kansas and the Flandreau School in South Dakota. These revealingSee more details below

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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, and school officials at Haskell Institute in Kansas and 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, and their parents from loneliness. Parents worried continually about the emotional and physical health and the academic progress of their children. Families clashed repeatedly with school officials over rampant illnesses and deplorable living conditions and devised strategies to circumvent severely limiting visitation rules. Family intimacy was threatened by the school's suppression of traditional languages and Native cultural practices.

Although boarding schools were a threat to family life, profound changes occurred in the boarding school experiences as families turned to these institutions for relief during the Depression, when poverty and the loss of traditional seasonal economics proved a greater threat. Boarding School Seasons provides a multifaceted look at the aspirations and struggles of real people.

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Editorial Reviews

Alan Tack
...[A] revealing study....[Bears] witness to...strengthening and to the resilience of Native communities. — Native Peoples
Tsianina Lomawaima

"A skillfully written, welcome addition to the scholarship on American Indian experience in federal boarding schools. Professor Child brings an important and revealing corpus of materials into public view and treats those materials with understanding and sensitivity."

—Tsianina Lomawaima, author of They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School

Tsianina Lomawaima

"A skillfully written, welcome addition to the scholarship on American Indian experience in federal boarding schools. Professor Child brings an important and revealing corpus of materials into public view and treats those materials with understanding and sensitivity."—Tsianina Lomawaima, author of They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803264052
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Series:
North American Indian Prose Award
Pages:
154
Sales rank:
732,748
Product dimensions:
0.37(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

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Tsianina Lomawaima
A skillfully written, welcome addition to the scholarship on American Indian experience in federal boarding schools. Professor Child brings an important and revealing corpus of materials into public view and treats those materials with understanding and sensitivity.
— Author of They Called It Prairie Light

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