The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue: Voices and Images from Sherman Institute

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The first collection of writings and images focused on an off-reservation Indian boarding school, The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue shares the fascinating story of this flagship institution, featuring the voices of American Indian students.

In 1902, the federal government opened Sherman Institute in Riverside, California, to transform American Indian students into productive farmers, carpenters, homemakers, nurses, cooks, and seamstresses. Indian students helped build the ...

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Overview

The first collection of writings and images focused on an off-reservation Indian boarding school, The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue shares the fascinating story of this flagship institution, featuring the voices of American Indian students.

In 1902, the federal government opened Sherman Institute in Riverside, California, to transform American Indian students into productive farmers, carpenters, homemakers, nurses, cooks, and seamstresses. Indian students helped build the school and worked daily at Sherman; teachers provided vocational education and placed them in employment through the Outing Program.

Contributors to The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue have drawn on documents held at the Sherman Indian Museum to explore topics such as the building of Sherman, the school’s Mission architecture, the nursing program, the Special Five-Year Navajo Program, the Sherman cemetery, and a photo essay depicting life at the school. 

Despite the fact that Indian boarding schools—with their agenda of cultural genocide— prevented students from speaking their languages, singing their songs, and practicing their religions, most students learned to read, write, and speak English, and most survived to benefit themselves and contribute to the well-being of Indian people.

Scholars and general readers in the fields of Native American studies, history, education, public policy, and historical photography will find
The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue an indispensable volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870716935
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Edition description: 1, Series: First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 716,837
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Clifford E. Trafzer (Wyandot) is a professor of American History and the Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs at the University of California, Riverside.  He has written and edited several books, including Boarding School Blues, Native Universe, and Death Stalks the Yakama.

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert (Hopi), an assistant professor of American Indian Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the author of Education beyond the Mesas: Hopi Students at Sherman Institute, 1902-1929 (University of Nebraska Press, 2010), and co-produced a thirty-minute documentary film on the Hopi boarding school experience entitled “Beyond the Mesas” (www.beyondthemesas.com).

Lorene Sisquoc (Cuhilla/Apache) is Curator of the Sherman Indian School Museum in Riverside, California.  She teaches Native American Traditions at Sherman Indian High School, and is a co-editor of Boarding School Blues: Revisiting American Indian Educational Experiences.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction: The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue Clifford E. Trafzer Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert Lorene Sisquoc 1

Chapter 1 From Perris Indian School to Sherman Institute Clifford E. Trafzer Leleua Loupe 19

Chapter 2 Mission Architecture and Sherman Institute Robert R. McCoy 35

Chapter 3 Selling Patriot Indians at Sherman Institute William O. Medina 65

Chapter 4 Healing Touch: The Nursing Program at Sherman Institute Jean A. Keller 81

Chapter 5 Labored Learning: The Outing Program at Sherman Institute, 1902-1930 Kevin Whalen 107

Chapter 6 A Curriculum for Social Change: The Special Navajo Five Year Program 1946-1961 Jon Ille 137

Chapter 7 Unforgettable Lives and Symbolic Voices: The Sherman School Cemetery Clifford E. Trafzer Jean A. Keller 159

Chapter 8 Images of Sherman Institute Clifford E. Trafzer Michelle Lorimer Shaina Wright 173

Conclusion: An Open Vault Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert 209

About the Authors 215

Index 217

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