The Indian School on Magnolia Ave: Voices and Images From Sherman Institute (Oregon State University Press)

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.

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5 Responses to “The Indian School on Magnolia Ave: Voices and Images From Sherman Institute (Oregon State University Press)”


  1. 1 debbiereese May 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Awesome cover. Looking for PETER’S FAMILY now…

  2. 2 debbiereese May 15, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Great cover! Looking for PETER’S FAMILY now…

  3. 3 debbiereese May 15, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I found a few images from PETER’S FAMILY and blogged about INDIAN SCHOOL ON MAGNOLIA FAMILY.

    http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2012/05/new-book-indian-school-on-magnolia.html

  4. 4 debbiereese May 16, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Thanks for the additional info, Matt. On my post, there’s a question that maybe you can answer. What do graduates of Sherman do? What sorts of jobs do they get?

    • 5 Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert May 21, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Debbie, thanks for taking the time to respond to my post and write a post of your own about my co-edited book on American Indians in Children’s Literature! I knew very little information about “Peter’s Family” prior to reading your post. We uncovered this photo in the Sherman Indian Museum archive. The title of the photo was “See How We Read.” I’ll head over to your blog to answer the question about Sherman graduates. Perhaps I can encourage Sherman students/graduates to respond as well. Thanks again!


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Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert is enrolled with the Hopi Tribe from the village of Upper Moencopi in northeastern Arizona. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and a Dean's Fellow and Conrad Humanities Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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