Historian Diana Meyers Bahr has written a new book on Sherman Institute (now called Sherman Indian High School), an off-reservation federal Indian boarding school in Riverside, California. Unlike other books on Sherman that focus on specific eras or subjects, Bahr’s manuscript is the first comprehensive account of the school. I’ve already read through several drafts, and I’m certain that it will be well received by students, faculty, and others interested in the education of American Indian people. I was especially pleased to read what Bahr had uncovered about the school from the 1960s to the present, which is an often overlooked period in Sherman’s history. Bahr has published other books, including Viola Martinez, California Paiute: Living In Two Worlds, and The Unquiet Nisei: An Oral History of the Life of Sue Kunitomi Embrey. Her book on Sherman is scheduled to appear in April, but you can pre-order your copy today.
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UPCOMING TALK: “Hopi Runner Harry Chaca and the 1929 Vallejo Pre-Olympic National Marathon”, UC Riverside, February 7Published February 4, 2013 Hopi Runners , Hopi scholarship , Sherman Institute Leave a Comment
Tags: 1929 Vallejo Pre-Olympic National Marathon, Harry Chaca, Hopi runners, UCR Sherman Institute Symposium
I am scheduled to give a talk entitled “Hopi Runner Harry Chaca and the 1929 Vallejo Pre-Olympic National Marathon” this Thursday February 7 at 1:30PM.
My presentation is part of the two-day symposium, “Sherman Institute: The American Indian Boarding School Experience”, which will be held at UC Riverside’s Costo Library.
For more information about the gathering, please visit UC Riverside, Sherman Indian High School Host Symposium
Below is the schedule for the event:
Sherman Institute: The American Indian Boarding School Experience
February 7, 2013: Costo Library (4th Floor Rivera Library)
9 AM: Wlecome by Clifford E. Trafzer and Lorene Sisquoc, Moderators
Invocation by Henry Vasquez
9:30-10: David Adams (Cleveland St. University), “What We Don’t Know about the
History of Indian Boarding Schools”
10-10:30: Robert McCoy (Washington St. University), “Building to Assimilate:
Mission Architecture of Sherman Institute”
10:30-11: Diana Bahr (UCLA), “Robert Kennedy and Sherman Institute, A Promise
11-11:30: Leleua Loupe (CSU Fullerton), “A Network of Control: Exploiting
Indigenous Labor in the West”
11:30-12: Kevin Whalen (UCR), “Indian School and Company Town: Sherman
Student-Laborers at Fontana Farms Company, 1907-1930″
1:30-2: Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert (University of Illinois), “Hopi Runner Harry
Chaca and the 1929 Vallejo Pre-Olympic National Marathon”
2-2:30: William O. Medina (Riverside Community College), “Patriotic Indians at
2:30-3: Jason Davis (CSU San Bernardino), “Paradigm Shift: Assimilation to
Preservation at Sherman Indian School”
3-3:30: Kathleen Bartosh (UCLA), “Domesticity and Defense: The Female Experience
at the Sherman Institute, 1930-1960.”
3:30-4: Jean Keller (Palomar College), “Before Sherman Institute: The Perris Indian
Rupert Costo Chair, California Center for Native Nations, Native American Student
Programs, Native American Educational Program of UC Riverside and the Sherman
Indian Museum offer this Symposium as Sponsors.
Sherman Institute: The American Indian Boarding School Experience
February 8, 2013, Sherman Indian High School Auditorium
9-10: Panel 1, Former Students, Staff, and Faculty
10-11: Panel 2, Current Students, Staff, and Faculty
11-12: Panel 3, Sherman Scholars and Historians
12-1: Lunch Break
1-4: Sherman School Museum is Open
2-3: Visit to Sherman School Cemetery
Symposium is sponsored by the Sherman School Museum and Costo Chair, California Center for Native Nations, Native American Educational Program,
and Native American Student Programs of UC Riverside.
Tags: Clifford Trafzer, First Peoples, Lorene Sisquoc, Natasha Varner, Oregon State University Press, Sherman Institute, The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue
This month Oregon State University Press officially launched my co-edited (with Clifford E. Trafzer and Lorene Sisquoc) book The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue: Voices and Images from Sherman Institute. The book is part of the First Peoples, New Directions in Indigenous Studies, initiative. Yesterday, Natasha Varner at First Peoples published a post about the book on their blog. She quoted at length from my Conclusion. Here’s the first paragraph of my Conclusion which I titled “An Open Vault”:
On a warm October day in 2004, I drove my car south on Magnolia Avenue in Riverside and made my way to Sherman Indian High School for the Sherman Indian Museum Open House. The event was a festive occasion, as alumni from across the nation came together to remember their school days and visit with old friends. Outside the Museum, the school’s choir was singing their alma mater, “The Purple and Gold,” and a group of older Sherman alums were taking refuge from the heat by sitting in the shade of a large palm tree. Near the school’s flagpole, children were laughing and playing, while their parents listened contentedly to the choir. The smell of frybread permeated the air.
To read the entire Conclusion, and to learn more about the book, be sure to check out the First Peoples website. They have done a terrific job in promoting the book on-line and at various academic conferences.
All royalties from this book will go to help fund educational and cultural programming at the Sherman Indian Museum in Riverside, CA.
Tags: history of American Indian education, off-reservation Indian boarding schools, Sherman Institute, The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue
Tags: Clifford E. Trafzer, Lorene Sisquoc, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Sherman Indian Museum, Sherman Institute, The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue
The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue: Voices and Images from Sherman Institute, is now available for pre-order. You can pre-order the book from several venues, including Oregon State University Press ($24.95) and Amazon ($22.52). Royalties from the book will go to support educational programs at the Sherman Indian Museum in Riverside, California. The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue is scheduled to appear this December.
The Indian School on Magnolia Ave: Voices and Images From Sherman Institute (Oregon State University Press)Published May 14, 2012 Indian boarding schools , Sherman Institute , The Indian School on Magnolia Ave 5 Comments
Tags: Clifford E. Trafzer, Indian boarding school studies, Lorene Sisquoc, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Oregon State University Press, Sherman Institute, The Indian School on Magnolia Ave
I recently co-edited a book (with Clifford E. Trafzer and Lorene Sisquoc) on Sherman Institute. It will appear soon with Oregon State University Press. Here’s a sneak peek at the cover. The cover depicts a Navajo student reading a book entitled “Peter’s Family” (1930s). We uncovered this photo at the Sherman Indian Museum archive in Riverside, California. The title of the photo is “See How We Read.”
If you have a minute, be sure to visit Debbie Reese’s blog post where she writes at length about “Peter’s Family.” The photo was taken during the school’s Special Five-Year Navajo Program (late 1940s and 1950s). Jon Ille, an advanced Ph.D. student in history at UC Riverside, wrote a chapter in our book about this Program. I’ll write more about the anthology as the book’s launch date (Fall 2012) gets closer.
Tags: Beyond the Mesas, First Nations Experience, Hopi, Indian boarding schools, KVCR, Native American films, Riverside, San Bernardino, Sherman Institute
For those who live in the San Bernardino/Riverside area, Beyond the Mesas will air tonight at 9PM PST on KVCR, Digital Channel 24.2, First Nations Experience, a new Native American channel. See below for additional information.
Indian Boarding Schools: Keeping the Culture Alive: Beyond the Mesas #101
Wednesday, September 28, 09:00 pm PST on FNX (First Nations Experience) Digital 24.2
Broadcast In: English
Description: Produced with the full participation of The Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, Beyond The Mesas tells the stories of the federal government’s efforts to assimilate and acculturate Hopis, the visit by four Hopi chiefs to Washington, the subsequent Oraibi split, and the forced removal and experiences of Hopi children in off-reservation boarding schools such as the Sherman Institute and the Phoenix and Stewart Indian Schools. Faced with the enforced loss of their language in their children, vastly outnumbered by a technologically advanced military that had the power to annihilate them, enlightened Hopi leadership sought a peaceful middle ground that would preserve the best of Hopi culture and combine it with the best of the white man’s culture. Both federal policies and pressure to resist from within the Hopi community challenged this strategy.
Run Time: 0:26:45
Captions: 608 Captions
Tags: California Indian Conference, CIC, Clifford Trafzer, Galen Townsend, Jean A. Keller, Kevin Whalen, Lorene Sisquoc, Lori Sisquoc, Museum studies, Sherman Indian High School, Sherman Indian Museum, Sherman Institute, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UCR, UCR History Department, University of California Riverside
I recently returned from the 25th Anniversary California Indian Conference held at the University of California, Irvine. My former graduate advisor from UC Riverside, Cliff Trafzer, organized a panel on Sherman Institute titled “Out of the Vault.” In addition to myself, the panel members included Lorene Sisquoc, Director of the Sherman Indian Museum, Galen Townsend, Sherman Indian Museum Volunteer, Kevin Whalen, a graduate student in history at UCR, and Leleua Loupe of California State University, Fullerton.
Sisquoc began the panel by talking about the unique relationship between UCR and the Museum. For the past 10 or so years, UCR history graduate students have worked alongside Sisquoc as researchers, volunteers, and interns. Beginning with Jean A. Keller, author of the first book on Sherman Institute, Empty Beds, graduate students have utilized the Museum’s collections to write two monographs, and several master theses, dissertations, and articles. Today, the mutually beneficial relationship between UCR and the Museum continues, and provides an excellent model of collaboration and community.
Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert
Tags: Beyond the Mesas, documentaries, history of Indian education, Honanie, Hopi, Hopi culture, Hopi films, Hopi history, Hopi Reservation, Indian boarding schools, Moencopi, Moenkopi, Native American films, Native American history, off-reservation Indian boarding schools, Sakiestewa, Sherman Indian High School, Sherman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Upper Moencopi
On Saturday September 18, 2010, I had a special opportunity to screen BEYOND THE MESAS and give a presentation to my family at the village of Upper Moencopi’s Community Center. The screening and presentation were part of the Sakiestewa/Honanie Annual Family Reunion. About 60 people attended the event.
I have screened BEYOND THE MESAS at several universities in the United States, and I have shown it at other locations on the Hopi Reservation, but this was the first time the documentary was screened at Upper Moencopi. The film was well received and it led into a discussion on the benefits and negative consequences of Hopi attendance at off-reservation Indian boarding schools.
After the screening I passed out student case files that I collected at the National Archives in Laguna Niguel, California (now located in Perris, California). The files belong to members of the Sakiestewa and Honanie families who attended Sherman Institute or the Phoenix Indian School from 1906 to the 1940s. Most of the files included school applications, report cards, and handwritten and typed letters.
As a Hopi professor at the University of Illinois I am thankful for the opportunities that I have to bring my research back to the Hopi community. This has always been a driving force behind my work.
Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert