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Indian Subjects

Hemispheric Perspectives on the History of Indigenous Education

Edited by Brenda J. Child and Brian Klopotek

Indian Subjects brings together an outstanding group of scholars from the fields of anthropology, history, law, education, literature, and Native studies to address indigenous education throughout different regions and eras. While histories of the devastating impact of boarding schools —and Native responses to those schools — have dominated academic and community views of indigenous educational history (and some appear in this volume, as well), the valuable lessons from these boarding school histories in the United States and Canada nonetheless provide a fairly narrow view of indigenous educational experiences. Indian Subjects pushes beyond that history toward hemispheric and even global conversations, fostering a critically neglected scholarly dialogue that has too often been limited by regional and national boundaries. Many of the contributors to Indian Subjects tackle educational experiences of their own communities, and all of them provide insightful analysis of events and structures that need to be incorporated more fully into the history of indigenous peoples and education.

2014. 344 pp., figures, references, index, 6 x 9

Contributors: William J. Bauer Jr., John Borrows, M. Bianet Castellanos, Brenda J. Child, María Elena García, Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua, Laura R. Graham, Roy M. Huhndorf, Shari M. Huhndorf, Brian Klopotek, K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Flor Ángela Palmar Barroso

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“Part of the appeal of this book is the wide range of topics covered and the voices of so many scholars from various parts of the world. Nothing like this exists within the literature of indigenous education. It is a bold and nuanced approach to the field and is sure to receive high praise from scholars and students alike.”
—Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Editors Child and Klopotek and their contributors are to be commended for this collection of nuanced glimpses of the diverse educational experiences of America’s indigenous peoples.”
—J.A. Reyhner, Northern Arizona University, Choice, February 2015, vol. 52, no. 6

“Ultimately, the contribution of Indian Subjects is that it offers new counter-narratives to the history of education of Indigenous peoples by incorporating untold perspectives of gender, sexuality, wage labor, and the stories of resistance by Indigenous communities as they attempted to control the education of their children. Indian Subjects should be required reading for students and educators to deepen their understanding of what Indigenous people have faced regarding education across Canada, the United States, and Latin America.”
—Robin Starr Minthorn, University of New Mexico, Journal of Anthropological Research, Winter 2015


  1. Introduction: Comparing Histories of Education for Indigenous Peoples
    Brenda J. Child and Brian Klopotek
  2. Domesticating Hawaiians: Kamehameha Schools and the “Tender Violence” of Marriage
    Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua
  3. Indian Education under Jim Crow
    Brian Klopotek
  4. Creating Wage Workers: Indigenous Boarding Schools in Rural Yucatán, Mexico
    M. Bianet Castellanos
  5. The Economy of Indian Education in California, 1902–1945
    William J. Bauer Jr.
  6. Guiding Principles: Guswenta and the Debate over Formal Schooling at Buffalo Creek, 1800–1811
    Alyssa Mt. Pleasant
  7. Worlds Apart: A History of Native Education in Alaska
    Roy M. Huhndorf and Shari M. Huhndorf
  8. “All Our People Are Building Houses”: The Civilization of Architecture and Space in Federal Indian Boarding Schools
    K. Tsianina Lomawaima
  9. Encounters with Interculturalidad: Indigenous Education and the Politics of Knowledge in the Andes
    María Elena García
  10. Canadian Law Schools and Indigenous Legal Traditions
    John Borrows
  11. “Yaletüsü Saaschin Woumain (Glory to the Brave People)”: Flor Ángela Palmar Barroso’s Creative Strategies to Indigenize Education in Venezuela
    Laura R. Graham and Flor Ángela Palmar Barroso
  12. The Boarding School as Metaphor
    Brenda J. Child

There are no working papers for this book at the present time.