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To Show What an Indian Can Do : Sports at Native American Boarding Schools - John Bloom

To Show What an Indian Can Do

Sports at Native American Boarding Schools

Paperback Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9780816636525
Number Of Pages: 192

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The Carlisle Indian School and the Haskell Institute in Kansas were among the many federally operated boarding schools enacting the U.S. government's education policy toward Native Americans from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, one designed to remove children from familiar surroundings and impose mainstream American culture on them. To Show What an Indian Can Do explores the history of sports programs at these institutions and, drawing on the recollections of former students, describes the importance of competitive sports in their lives. Author John Bloom focuses on the male and female students who did not typically go on to greater athletic glory but who found in sports something otherwise denied them by the boarding school program: a sense of community, accomplishment, and dignity.

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"John Bloom offers a compelling and fresh analysis of an aspect of Indian education that was deeply laden with meaning yet little understood. I strongly recommend this book. It is well written, provocative, and rich in historical detail." -American Studies
"This book makes it clear that there is no single Native American experience and that boarding schools affected different students differently - sometimes, through athletics, providing a sense of pride." - Library Journal

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Native American Athletics and Assimilation
The Struggle over the Meaning of Sports
The 1930s and Pan-Indian Pride Female Physical Fitness, Sexuality, and Pleasure
Narratives of Boarding School Life
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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ISBN: 9780816636525
ISBN-10: 0816636524
Series: Sport & Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Type: New edition

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