Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940

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A study of the residential school experience from the perspective of the Indian students who lived at two schools in Kansas and South Dakota.

 

Boarding School Seasons is a study of the residential school experience from the perspective of the Indian students who lived at the Haskell Institute in Kansas and the Flandreau Indian Boarding School in South Dakota. At the heart of this book are the hundreds of previously unpublished archival letters between the Indian children and their parents, documenting the emotional impact of this “noble experiment”: homesickness, disease, rebellion, and the institutional programs aimed at assimilation. As a reviewer for Native Peoples writes, Child’s “willingness to let the letter writers tell their own stories allows the complexities and paradoxes of boarding school life to emerge unfettered by historical preconceptions or stereotypes.” As is Education for Extinction, this book is excellent for teachers and upper-grade students.

 

Author: Brenda J. Child (Ojibwe)

Illustrations: Black and white photos

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1998

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Ojibwe (author), Various U.S. Tribes