Education beyond the Mesas
Hopi Students at Sherman Institute, 1902-1929
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
Series: Indigenous Education
Table of Contents
This book is first and foremost a historical account of the Hopi people of northeastern Arizona and their experiences at Sherman Institute, an off-reservation Indian boarding school in Riverside, California. The Hopi Tribe possesses no greater historical source than its people. Therefore, a book on the Hopi people...
Hopi oral history recalls that long ago, the Hopi people came into this “fourth way of life” from a series of three underworlds.1 Following a time of unhappiness and discontent, the people emerged through an opening in their sky that brought them to present-day northeastern Arizona. When...
1. Hopi Resistance
In the summer of 1540, a group of Hopis from the village of Kawaiokuh on Antelope Mesa looked over the mesa’s edge and observed a band of people they had never seen on their land.1 The Hopis had encountered a Spanish exploratory party of seventeen cavalrymen, a small number of foot soldiers,
2. Policies and Assimilation
The forced removal of Hopis to reservation schools did not fully satisfy the U.S. government’s assimilation or acculturation agenda. Government officials desired that Hopis would be grafted into American society and leave their indigenous ways behind. In the early twentieth century,...
3. The Orayvi Split andHopi Schooling
On September 8, 1906, shortly after the sun rose over the Hopi mesas, the two Hopi factions gathered outside Orayvi and engaged in a tug-of-war that forever changed the future of the Hopi people.1 While more than fi ve hundred Hopi men gathered outside the...
4. Elder in Residence
In November 1906, two months after the Orayvi Split, government offi cials took advantage of the turmoil on Third Mesa and sent nearly seventy Hopis from Orayvi to Sherman Institute. Wearing tattered clothes, “cheap shoes, homemade fl our sack shirts” and worn out pants, the...
5. Taking Hopi Knowledgeto School
Education for indigenous people did not originate at U.S. government schools.1 For the Hopi students who traveled with Tawaquaptewa to Sherman Institute in 1906, education began in their villages and centered on values that encompassed the beauty and complexity of Hopi...
6. Learning to Preach
On June 2, 1915, nearly six hundred Indian pupils gathered in the main auditorium at Sherman Institute. Eager to see their classmates graduate at the school’s thirteenth annual baccalaureate ceremony, the pupils filed into the auditorium, quickly took their assigned seats, and waited for the service to begin....
7. Returning to Hopi
In the ancient Hopi migrations, the clans traveled beyond the mesas and migrated in the four cardinal directions. The clans did not stay away forever, but eventually returned to their ancestral lands. Hopi clans had experienced a different life beyond the Hopi mesas, and when they returned home...
Hopis have a long history of resisting and accommodating foreign powers. When the U.S. government demanded that Hopi children attend various day schools and the Keams Canyon School in the late nineteenth century, some Hopis resisted government offi cials with their actions and words,...
Page Count: 272
Illustrations: 1 appendix
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Indigenous Education
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