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Historical and Cultural Context

Historical and Cultural Background of “My Home in Idaho” and the Nez Perce Tribe The essence of John Ramsey’s “My Home in Idaho” revolves around the theme of Indian and White relations between the Nez Perce tribe and the surrounding … Continue reading

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Historical and Cultural Context

The Close Association of the St. Regis Mohawks and the Roman Catholic Church The St. Regis mission was started because many Mohawks were forced to move out of the Mohawk Valley in New York by European settlers, and the Mohawk … Continue reading

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Critical Commentary

The Carlisle Indian Industrial School, started by Richard Henry Pratt in 1879, was created with the intention of assimilating indian children into the culture of the European white settlers.  It was based on Pratt’s theory: “kill the indian, save the … Continue reading

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Joe F. Tarbell (Mohawk)

Biography | Historical and Cultural Context | Critical Commentary | Further Reading “STORY OF TEKAKMETHA” by Joe F. Tarbell   Once there lived an Indian chief who had a beautiful daughter. She wanted to become a Christian and go away … Continue reading

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Critical Commentary

Delos Lone Wolf’s graduation speech appears to represent an ideal “assimilator” of the Western education he received at the school, however a deeper look into the speech in fact also shows a “resistor” voice. He advocates for the refinement of … Continue reading

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Critical Commentary

Sadie Ingalls’ origin story is concise, but filled with meaning. Themes of sin invade the text, as does the conflict between the individual and the community in this carefully worded yet ambiguous piece. Sadie’s crow suffers several faults. First, he forgets … Continue reading

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Historical and Cultural Context

In the late 1860s, President Ulysses Grant was first of many to find a solution to the US “Indian Problem” via assimilation and landholding. This Peace Policy called for the relocation of Indians from their ancestral homes to allocated pieces of land … Continue reading

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The Indian – A Man (Full Text)

Original Piece | Elmer Simon | The Indian, The Man, The Canon   This piece, written by standout Carlisle Indian School student Elmer Simon, features a clear, multi-layered argument for the social equality of Native Americans (Referred to in the … Continue reading

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The Indian, The Man, and The Canon: A close analysis and examination of Elmer Simon’s “The Indian – A Man”

Elmer Simon | The Indian – A Man (Full Text)   Shortly after my first reading of Elmer Simon’s 1896 piece, “The Indian – A Man” (The Red Man), it was clear to me that this was a piece well … Continue reading

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Critical Commentary

What one needs to know about the content of the periodicals which the Carlisle Indian Industrial School has published, is that every publication of these magazines was edited by the so-called “Man-on-the-Bandstand” to insure that those publications were suitable for … Continue reading

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