In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, the Cameron University Library is hosting "Indian Education in Southwest Oklahoma: Yesterday and Today," a photographic exhibit featuring compare-and-contrast images from the historic Fort Sill Indian Boarding School and today's Comanche Nation College. The exhibit will be on display through December 4 and is open to the public at no charge.
Photographs depicting life at the two educational institutions reveal widely contrasting treatments of native American culture. Students at the historic Fort Sill Indian Boarding School were expected to abandon their native culture and to assimilate fully into white culture. They received instruction in speaking, reading and writing English as well as vocational training in farming, blacksmithing, domestic duties such as sewing and laundry, and more. Students who today attend Comanche Nation College study the Comanche language through language immersion, and all classes have some integration of culture and language.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the CU Library will present a lecture by Dr. David Miller, professor emeritus of history, on Monday, November 30 at 2 p.m. in Room 116 of the library. Dr. Miller will present "The Fort Sill Indian School Experience."
"Indian Education in Southwest Oklahoma: Yesterday and Today" is funded through a grant by the Oklahoma Humanities Council.
November 5, 2009