School Tours

Students 7–12th Grade

Bring your students to the museum to experience Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories in person to trace the history of the U.S. government’s efforts to “kill the Indian and save the man.” The exhibition highlights the arrival of students, their classroom work, dorms and extracurricular activities. Many multimedia stations enhance the experience. The tour is approximately 45 minutes. Recommended for older students and adults.

Fill out the School Tours Inquiry Form to start the reservation process. One of our Education Staff will be in touch to finalize and confirm your visit.

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School Tours Inquiry Form
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Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories Curriculum

The Heard Museum is proud to make available this high school curriculum on the American Indian Boarding Schools as part of our longstanding commitment to documenting and sharing this important part of American history. The curriculum was created as a means to teach high school students about this lesser known experience. Included are activities that ask students to examine American Indian Boarding Schools with a critical and analytical eye. The activities can be used by English, Social Studies, and Art teachers individually or can be assigned across subjects. To download our most recent packet please click here: Boarding School Curriculum

Support to produce the Boarding School curriculum generously provided by:

Recommended Resources List for Teachers and Students

You can download a pdf of the Resources List here.

Recommended Educational Materials for Teachers

Heape, Rich. Our Spirits Do Not Speak English (2008). “Circle of life” series (Rich-Heape Films)

Adams, David Wallace. 1995. Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928. University of Kansas Press.

Bahr, Diana. 2014. The Students of Sherman Indian School: Education and Native Identity since 1892. University of Oklahoma Press.

Cobb, Amanda. 2000. Listening to Our Grandmothers’ Stories. The Bloomfield Academy for Chickasaw Females, 1852-1949. University of Nebraska Press.

Coleman, Michael. 1993. American Indian Children at School, 1850-1930. University Press of Mississippi.

Fear-Segal, Jacqueline & Rose, Susan. 2016. Carlisle Indian Industrial School: Indigenous Histories, Memories, and Reclamations. University of Nebraska Press.

Mauro, Hayes Peter. 2011. The Art of Americanization at the Carlisle Indian School. University of New Mexico Press.

Parkhurst, Melissa. 2014. To Win the Indian Heart Music at Chemawa Indian School. Oregon State University Press.

Recommended Books for Students
*Grade Levels are just suggestions, please review before assigning to students.

Grade 1-3
Littlefield, Holie. 2001. Children of the Indian Boarding Schools 1879 to present. Carolhoda Books.
Loyie, Larry.2002. As Long as the Rivers Flow. A Groundwood Book.

Grade 4-6
Jordan-Fenton, Christy. 2011. A Stranger at home. Annick Press.
Jordon-Fenron, Christy. 2010. Fatty Legs: A True Story. Annick Press.

Grade 6-7
Sterling, Shirley. 1992. My Name is Seepeetza. A Groundwood Book.

Grade 8-12
McCluskey, M.L. The McCluskey Boys: Adventures in an Indian Boarding School.
Olsen, Sylvia. 2001. No Time to Say Goodbye. Sono Nis Press.

Grade 10-12
Giago, Tim. 2006. Children Left Behind: The Dark Legacy Of the Indian Boarding Schools. Clear Light Publishing.

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