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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 Blues ranges 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction: Origin and Development of the American Indian Boarding School System
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. 1. Beyond Bleakness: The Brighter Side of Indian Boarding Schools, 1870-1940
  2. pp. 35-64
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  1. 2. “We Had a Lot of Fun, but of Course, That Wasn’t the School Part”: Life at the Rainy Mountain Boarding School, 1893-1920
  2. pp. 65-98
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  1. 3. The Man on the Bandstand at Carlisle Indian Industrial School: What He Reveals about the Children’s Experiences
  2. pp. 99-122
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  1. 4. Putting Lucy Pretty Eagle to Rest
  2. pp. 123-130
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  1. 5. Loosening the Bonds: The Rapid City Indian School in the 1920s
  2. pp. 131-154
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  1. 6. Hail Mary: The Catholic Experience at St. Boniface Indian School
  2. pp. 155-173
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  1. 7. Learning Gender: Female Students at the Sherman Institute, 1907-1925
  2. pp. 174-186
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  1. 8. Through a Wide-Angle Lens: Acquiring and Maintaining Power, Position, and Knowledge through Boarding Schools
  2. pp. 187-201
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  1. 9. Indian Boarding Schools in Comparative Perspective: The Removal of Indigenous Children in the United States and Australia, 1880-1940
  2. pp. 202-231
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  1. 10. The Place of American Indian Boarding Schools in Contemporary Society
  2. pp. 232-242
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  1. About the Editors
  2. pp. 243-244
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-256
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803257214
MARC Record
OCLC
123190752
Pages
274
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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