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Education beyond the Mesas : Hopi Students at Sherman Institute, 1902-1929 - Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert

Education beyond the Mesas

Hopi Students at Sherman Institute, 1902-1929

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2010
ISBN: 9780803216266
Number Of Pages: 272

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"Education beyond the Mesas" is the fascinating story of how generations of Hopi schoolchildren from northeastern Arizona "turned the power" by using compulsory federal education to affirm their way of life and better their community. Sherman Institute in Riverside, California, one of the largest off-reservation boarding schools in the United States, followed other federally funded boarding schools of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in promoting the assimilation of indigenous people into mainstream America. Many Hopi schoolchildren, deeply conversant in Hopi values and traditional education before being sent to Sherman Institute, resisted this program of acculturation. Immersed in learning about another world, generations of Hopi children drew on their culture to skillfully navigate a system designed to change them irrevocably. In fact, not only did the Hopi children strengthen their commitment to their families and communities while away in the "land of oranges"; they used their new skills, fluency in English, and knowledge of politics and economics to help their people when they eventually returned home. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert draws on interviews, archival records, and his own experiences growing up in the Hopi community to offer a powerful account of a quiet, enduring triumph.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Hopi Resistancep. 1
Policies and Assimilationp. 29
The Orayvi Split and Hopi Schoolingp. 51
Elder in Residencep. 71
Taking Hopi Knowledge to Schoolp. 95
Learning to Preachp. 115
Returning to Hopip. 137
Conclusionp. 163
Appendixp. 171
Notesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780803216266
ISBN-10: 0803216262
Series: Indigenous Education
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st December 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48