Part One: Gertrude Bonnin
Part Two: Grandpa
The “Indian Experiment” in education, the government boarding schools, is unknown to many Americans, yet affects us all. Following forty years of study of these stories, Dovie knew she had to share what she’d learned that would be essential to her daughter, and all of us. She weaves history, biography, autobiography and personal reflection in this story that she never “wanted” to tell. But there are some stories that need to be told…
- Had you heard about the Indian Boarding schools? Why has this part of American history been largely hidden?
- What political and economic factors caused the U.S. Government to wage genocide against the First Nations?
- How does witnessing and speaking about tragedies such as this help heal the spirit? What made it possible for Dovie’s Grandfather to start speaking out? How and when do you tell young people about the oppression of their group by others?
- What factors in First Nation cultures supported families in surviving the unthinkable and continuing to thrive?
- Impressions of an Indian Childhood by Zitkala-Sa
- American Indian Stories by Zitkala-Sa by Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin)
- Crossing Cultures
- Education and Life Lessons
- European American/Whites
- Family and Childhood
- First Nations/Native Americans
- Jewish Americans/Jews
- Stereotypes and Discrimination
- Taking A Stand and Peacemaking