Published February 13, 2018
Pawhuska, Okla. (2/01/2018) – The Osage Nation Museum (ONM) and Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center will be conducting a Community Sharing Workshop on March 14th, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm. This workshop will be held at the Osage Nation Civic Center, 1449 W. Main St., Pawhuska, OK 74056. The event is free and open to the public.
The Carlisle Indian School, located in Carlisle, PA, was founded in 1879 under U. S. governmental authority by Captain Richard Henry Pratt. Carlisle was the first federally-funded off-reservation Indian boarding school. From 1879 until 1918, over 10,000 Native American children from 140 tribes attended Carlisle. This boarding school became the model for 26 Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding schools in 15 states and territories, plus hundreds of private boarding schools sponsored by religious denominations.
In an attempt to assimilate Native Americans by removing them from tribal influences and transforming them through education, the school was founded on the philosophy of, “Kill the Indian: Save the Man”. Forced to leave their families at young ages, the Native children were made to give up their indigenous cultures, languages, religious and spiritual beliefs, and even their names. While some communities and families were persuaded to send their children, other children were captured and sent to Carlisle as prisoners of war.
159 Osage students attended Carlisle from 1879-1918. Since the school’s closure in 1918, documentation regarding the school and its students has become widely disbursed. The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center’s website represents an effort to aid the research process by bringing together, in digital format, a variety of resources that are physically preserved in various locations throughout the United States. Through these resources, the Center seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of the school and its complex legacy, while also facilitating efforts to tell the stories of the many thousands of students who were sent to Carlisle.
This community workshop has been set up to explore the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center and what it has to offer. We will search through the primary documents, including student files and school publications, related to the 159 Osage’s who attended Carlisle.
The workshop will start with a short introduction to the Carlisle Indian School with a trailer from the documentary The Lost Ones: Long Journey Home that features the stories of two children who were sent to Carlisle among the thousands of young people enrolled there. The trailer illustrates the importance of using both living oral histories from Native communities and descendants and historical archival material to piece together the story. This will lead into an introduction to the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center (http://carlisleindian.dickinson.edu/): how to search, explore and use it for teaching and research. We will conclude with time for participants to explore the site and share any information they may have about family and friends that attended Carlisle.
For more information please contact Hallie Winter, Osage Nation Museum Curator at 918-287-5222 or Hwinter@osagenation-nsn.gov.