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UNIT F

OSAGE EDUCATION & BOARDING SCHOOLS

  1. Education Unit-Teachers Guide

Osage Education: History & Impact on Culture

Rose Little Star Tohee
Rose Little Star Tohee
Grades 6-12 Social Studies Language Arts

Students read and create a timeline of the history of Osage education which closely tracks the fate of the Osage in the last 300 years, and analyze the cultural impact of the boarding schools.

  1. Osage Education: History & Impact on Culture - Fact Sheet
  2. Osage Education History - Timeline & Analysis Qs
  3. Osage Education History - Timeline & Analysis Qs KEY

Boarding School Daily Life

Osage Agency Boarding School
Osage Agency Boarding School
Grades 3-12 Social Studies Language Arts

Students read of typical military-style daily regimen at boarding schools, and write a letter home in voice of a young Osage student.

  1. Boarding School Daily Life + Write a Letter Home activity

Code Talker/Boarding Schools - NMAI lesson

Tom Torlino (Navajo), before and after entering boarding school
Tom Torlino (Navajo), before and after entering boarding school
Grades 4-12 Social Studies Language Arts

Students read personal stories and general background on cultural repression in Natl Museum of American Indian lesson-also learn about Code Talkers

  1. Intro Guide & Link

Chilocco Experience (interpreting history through Music & Art)

Many Moons album by the Skirts
Many Moons album by the Skirts
Grades 3-12 Social Studies Art Music Language Arts

Students read background on Osage’s closest federal school, and then analyze song lyrics and art portraying the emotional experience of Indian students. (Social Studies; Art; Music; Language Arts)

  1. Chilocco Factsheet + Song Lyrics and Painting
  2. Chilocco Facts, Song & Art - Review Qs
  3. Chilocco Facts, Song & Art - Review Qs KEY

Compulsory Attendance Issues

Chilocco Boarding School
Chilocco Boarding School
Grades 9-12 Social Studies Language Arts

Students read except from Osage historian of incidents of physical abuse in enforcing compulsory attendance at boarding schools, and discuss how these violate basic human rights.

  1. Compulsory Attendance & Abuse - Qs
  2. Compulsory Attendance & Abuse - Qs - KEY

Ethnocentrism & Education Case Study

Brigadier General Richard Henry Pratt
Brigadier General Richard Henry Pratt
Grades 9-12 Social Studies Sociology Language Arts

Students define culture and ethnocentrism and then analyze how this blinded the American educators who were trying to “help” the Osage.  Discussion and written essay response.

  1. Ethnocentrism Case Study: Read, Discuss, Write