November is Native American Heritage Month, recognizing the culture, contributions and history of American indigenous people. Earlier this year, the Irving Archives and Museum (IAM) presented a special virtual exhibition exploring the Native American experience, “Away From Home.” The Irving Diversity and Inclusion committee encourages the public to visit the free online exhibit at the IAM website.
The exhibit examines the off-reservation boarding schools for Native American children, which the U.S. government have operated since 1879. The boarding school experience is a hidden chapter in American history that continues to profoundly impact American Indian communities today. The exhibit represents different perspectives and varying experiences at American Indian boarding schools.
“Away From Home” offers a media-rich experience for families through a 3D video tour, as well as supporting resources such as an interpretive guide inspired by an actual 1956 yearbook from Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma, as well as lists for further reading.
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The IAM’s YouTube channel features a talk given last March by Lance Tahmahkera, great-grandson of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker. Tahmahkera describes the life of the Numunuu people: the origins of the tribe, life on the plains and reservation, and children’s stories passed down through his family.
The IAM’s YouTube channel also features a beaded bracelet tutorial that can bring the family together for a fun craft project.