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Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories

Nov 10, 2022 - Jan 7, 2023

Beginning in the 1870s, the US government attempted to educate and assimilate American Indians into “civilized” society by placing children—of all ages, from thousands of homes and hundreds of diverse tribes—in distant, residential boarding schools. Many were forcibly taken from their families and communities and stripped of all signs of “Indianness,” even forbidden to speak their own language amongst themselves. Up until the 1930s, students were trained for domestic work and trade in a highly regimented environment. Many children went years without familial contact, and these events had a lasting, generational impact. "Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories" explores off-reservation boarding schools in a kaleidoscope of voices.

NOTE: "Away from Home" contains stories of resilience and revitalization, agency and honor. Please be aware that it also contains descriptions of human indignities and hardships and terms that reflect historically racist perspectives and language from past eras. In speaking the truth about acts of seemingly unfathomable violence and suffering in the lives of Native peoples, this exhibition is advised for more mature audience members, grades eight to adult.

This exhibition will be on display through January 7, 2023

This exhibit is made possible through funding from the Texas Historical Foundation

Part of the El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Family.