Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879-2000

Item No: 1669

$ 29.95

  • The institutional life of boarding school is a common thread running through American Indian history, a history that will not be forgotten. Here are stories of the strategies of human survival-resistance, accommodation, faith in oneself and one's heritage, the ability to learn from hard times and to create something beautiful and meaningful from scraps and fragments. This book was created to accompany a permanent exhibition at The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.

    • Editors: Margaret L. Archuleta, Brenda J. Child & K. Tsianina Lomawaima
    • Paperback: 144 pages
    • Publisher: Heard Museum (August 27, 2002)
    • ISBN-10: 0934351627
    • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 0.4 inches
  • K. Tsianina Lomawaima joined Arizona State University in January 2014 from the University of Arizona, where she had served on the faculty of American Indian Studies since 1994 and served as head from 2005-2009. The recipient of numerous teaching honors, including the University of Arizona Alumni Association Extraordinary Faculty Award, Dr. Lomawaima’s teaching interests include U.S. Indian policy history, indigenous knowledge systems, and research issues in American Indian education.

    Her research interests include the status of Native people as U.S. citizens and Native nations as indigenous sovereigns, the role of Native nations in forging and fracturing U.S. federalism, and the history of American Indian education. Many of her books have garnered national recognition, including: To Remain an Indian (Outstanding Book Award, American Educational Research Association); and They Called It Prairie Light (North American Indian Prose Award, American Educational Association Critics’ Choice Award). Professor Lomawaima, of Mvskoke descent, earned a doctoral degree in anthropology from Stanford University.

  • Filled with a series of essays about different aspects of life within boarding schools and augmented with historical records and individual stories, the book examines the not-widely discussed attempt by the federal government to assimilate Indian cultures. Comprehensively covering a time period from 1879 to current day, detailed documentation and a wide collection of photographs strengthen the accounts of human survival and create a fascinating read.
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