Southwestern Historical Quarterly April Education at the Edge of Empire: Negotiating Pueblo Identity in New Mexico's Indian Boarding Schools. By John R. Gram. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. Pp. 256. Notes, illustrations, bibliography, photograph. index.) From the growing bibliography of scholarly studies of the Indian boarding school experience, the reader has come to expect a tragic story of cultural genocide and forced assimilation. Pueblo Indian students of Albuquerque Indian School (AIS) and Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) certainly experienced the trauma of military regimentation and uniforms, rigid restrictions on food consumption, long absences from kith and kin, and attempts to prevent their participation in traditional ceremonies. They did not, however, lose their names or languages as did most other students at Indian boarding schools around the country, and their culture is alive and well. This intimate portrait of AIS and SFIS was only possible because the author consulted previously ignored archival material, especially the papers of former superintendent John David DeHuff and records from the two schools. His use of oral history interviews by Sally Hyer, which informed her book, One House, One Voice, One Heart (Museum of New Mexico Press, 1990), provides invaluable insight into the
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Mar 22, 2017
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