Examines indian boarding school narratives and their impact on the native literary tradition from 1879 to the present indian boarding schools were the lynchpins of a federally sponsored system of forced assimilation these schools located off reservation took native children from their families and tribes for years at a time in an effort to kill their tribal cultures l. Learning to write indian the boarding school experience and american indian literature by amelia v katanski norman university of oklahoma press 2005 xiii 274 pp map illus trations notes bibliography index 2495 in a twist on assimilation many boarding school students used the english language a. Learning to write indian the boarding school experience and american indian literature by dr amelia v katanski phd 2007 01 15 dr amelia v katanski phd on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers. In learning to write indian amelia v katanski examines a range of writings that portray the indian boarding school experience from descriptions of life within the indian boarding school to accounts of the lasting impact this widespread government policy has had on generations of american indian people. In a twist on assimilation many boarding school students used the english language a primary tool of colonization to talk back to the system as surely as the boarding schools inventors understood that language is the vessel of culture none of them gave much thought to the ways in which native americans would use english to critique the schools into which many of them had been
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