Class photo at the Carlisle Indian Industrial
School, Carlisle, PA.
A religious component to the typical boarding school experience further removed the Native American children from their tribal heritage.
Gaining a skill, losing their heritage.
Both male and female students were expected to find a place in the larger society through trades learned at the industrial boarding schools.
Kill the Indian, save the man
The young man to the far left is the same person show to the right before entering the Indian boarding School.
Gayle Ross, renowned Cherokee storyteller and great granddaughter of legendary Chief John Ross hosts and narrates “Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School.”
Producer and Director
Producer and Director Executive producer Steven R. Heape (L) and director Chip Richie (R) with August Schellenberg recording opening narration for “Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School.”
Andrew Windy Boy
Chippewa/Cree boarding school survivor Andrew Windy Boy provides one of the more emotional accounts of the experience in “Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School”
Bricklaying class at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School.
Grace Thorpe, daughter of iconic Olympic hero Jim Thorpe, relates her boarding school experience in the last interview before her death in April 2008.
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