Away from Home - American Indian Boarding School Stories
10am-4pm , September 1, 2020 - October 17, 2020 | Mid-America All-Indian Center
Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories explores off-reservation boarding schools in a kaleidoscope of voices. The Mid-America All-Indian Center is very excited to be able to bring this traveling exhibit from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Heard Museum to the Wichita area.
Beginning in the 1870s, the US government attempted to educate and assimilate American Indians into "civilized" society by placing children - of all ages, from thousands of homes and hundreds of diverse tribes - in distant, residential boarding schools. Many were forcibly taken from their families and communities and stripped of all signs of "indianness," even forbidden to speak their own language amongst themselves. Up until the 1930s, students were trained for domestic work and trade in a highly regimented environment. Many children went years without familial contact, and these events had a lasting, generational impact.
Regular admission: $7 Adults, $5 Senior (55+), $5 Military (w/ID), $5 Student (13+ w/ID) - always free for members
Museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm (closed 9/5 for the Labor day holiday)
Away from Home contains stories of resilience and revitalization, agency and honor. Please be aware that it also contains descriptions of human indignities and hardships and terms that reflect historically racist perspectives and language from pat ears periods of history. In speaking the truth about acts of seemingly unfathomable violence and suffering in the lives of Native peoples, this exhibition is advised for more mature audience members, grades eight to adult.
$7 Adults, $5 Senior/Military/Student; free for members