They Called it Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian Schoo

$15.00 each

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Told mostly in the words of people who had been taken to Chilocco as children, students from the 1920s and 1930s recall the loneliness and demoralization, but also the creative rebellions and strong friendships, they had to develop to survive.

Available in paperback only.  K. Tsianina Lomawaima (Hopi), They Called it Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School. 1994, b/w photos.

Founded in 1884 and operating for nearly a century, Chilocco Indian Agricultural School was part of an educational crusade—“vast in scope, military in organization, fervent in zeal, and violent in method”—to transform Indian youngsters from people who were an integral part of their cultures and communities into “brown white people,” part of what is often called the “American mainstream.” Told mostly in the words of people who had been taken to Chilocco as children, students from the 1920s and 1930s recall the loneliness and demoralization, but also the creative rebellions against petty authority, the strong intertribal friendships, and the leadership skills they had to develop to survive. Like Boarding School Seasons, this is recommended for teachers and upper-grade students.