Indian Play: Indigenous Identities at Bacone College

Indian Play: Indigenous Identities at Bacone College


When Indian University—now Bacone College—opened its doorways in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) in 1880, it used to be a small Baptist establishment designed to coach younger local americans to be lecturers and Christian missionaries between their very own humans and to behave as brokers of cultural assimilation. From 1927 to 1957, notwithstanding, Bacone university replaced path and pursued a brand new technique of emphasizing the Indian identities of its scholars and projecting often-romanticized photos of Indianness to the non-Indian public in its fund-raising campaigns. cash was once funneled again into the varsity as directors employed local American school who in flip created leading edge curricular courses in track and the humanities that inspired their scholars to discover and advance their local identities. via their widespread use of humor and artistic wordplay to reference Indianness—“Indian play”—students articulated the (often contradictory) implications of being informed Indians in mid-twentieth-century the United States. during this supportive and artistic tradition, Bacone turned an “Indian school,” instead of simply one other “school for Indians.”

In reading how and why this change happened, Lisa okay. Neuman situates the scholars’ Indian play inside better theoretical frameworks of cultural creativity, ideologies of authenticity, and counterhegemonic practices which are relevant to the fields of local American and indigenous stories today.

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