Day 20: “The Residential School Experience” and “The Business of Fancydancing”

Today, we talked about poems and short stories from “The Business of Fancydancing” by Sherman Alexie and watched a short documentary film called, “A Century of Genocide in the Americas: The Residential School Experience” by award-winning director Rosemary Gibbons, a graduate of the Native Voices Documentary Program at the University of Washington. The poems and stories talked about the clash of modern life and culture, identity and history, and being a native person navigating the complexities of contemporary changes. The film discussed residential and boarding school experiences of survivors with difficult circumstances being taken from home, made to assimilate and be institutionalized, and ultimately, be white-washed of their culture and have Indian culture, language, and identity removed from them. Discussion was great and students had good questions. They are fantastic in engaging with difficult material like this and thinking about them together.

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