Manitowoc Public Library
This National Endowment for the Humanities On The Road exhibit takes a frank look at the US government initiative that began in the 1870s & attempted to assimilate American Indians into “civilized” society by placing children from hundreds of diverse tribes in distant, residential boarding schools. Forcibly taken from their families & stripped of “Indianness,” they were forbidden to speak their own language amongst themselves. Tragedy, familial love, & friendships intersect in this amazing exhibition.
This Exhibition is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is brought to you by Mid-America Arts Alliance. It was adapted from the permanent exhibition, Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories and organized by the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This is a Virtual, Livestreaming Event
Manitowoc Public Library is honored to be offering this three-part series with First Nations Oral Historian, Napos, who has served as an Oral Scholar in Residence in the UWGB Education Center for First Nations Studies since it opened in 2007. Napos will share this first-person narrative with the public, focused not just on his life’s journey, but also that of his family, friends, and First Nations people in general. This virtual program will livestream on both MPL’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/manitowoclibrary) and YouTube channel, beginning at 6 PM:
• Tuesday, June 21: Intro & Family History Related to the Boarding School Program
• Tuesday, July 12: Life in Milwaukee—Discovery & Struggle, Obstacles & Growth
• Tuesday, August 9: Post-Milwaukee—The Evolution of the Individual
“One Voice, Many Stories” is an incredible opportunity to acquaint yourself with an American history with which you may not be that familiar—or familiar at all.