Essay on The Heard Museum Exhibit, Remembering Our Indian School Days

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The Heard Museum exhibit “Remembering Our Indian School Days” reflects on the effects of conforming to an unknown culture without a choice. The American way of teaching and learning slowly forces a trend in Native American history to become farther away from their original culture. In Native American communities their traditional form of educational value didn’t amount to the White American idea of a quality education. The establishment of boarding schools forces the students to attend school and live in the same area. White Americans perspective on boarding schools for Native Americans began to create ideological uniformity. As the Native American students adapted to an American lifestyle their own personal heritage from home didn’t exist or either became difficult for most to identify the significance of family traditions. The adaptation of Americanized culture didn’t blend with traditional Native American form of education instead White American educational methods dominated. The place for Native American education couldn’t last in a society that forces the acceptance of only one culture. The status quo to hinder Native Americans from achieving social wealth and class creates the possibility only if all conform. When the boarding schools began to form and require Native American students to attend, many families found ways to prevent their children from changing. A depiction of American conformity in Native American territory illustrates students in a classroom…

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