Five Haskell Indian Junior College faculty and staff members will speak about their boarding school experiences during a forum next week in conjunction with an exhibit about a Santa Fe, N.M., boarding school.
"One House, One Voice, One Heart," a photographic and oral history about the Santa Fe Indian School, founded in 1890, currently is on display at Haskell's Academic Support Center.
The exhibit features black and white photographs primarily from the 1930s. A video presentation includes comments from the school's former and current students.
Trish Reeves, an English instructor at Haskell and local coordinator of the traveling exhibit, said the exhibit and forum provide local residents with an opportunity to learn more about Indian boarding schools.
"A lot of our faculty and staff went to boarding schools," Reeves said, adding that the forum is aimed at "educating and creating an awareness" about Native Americans' boarding school experiences, which often were gloomy.
THE FORUM, which will be 7 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Academic Support Center, will feature Angelita Felix, dean of instruction; Nellie Buffalomeat, director of the ASC; Robert Daugherty, instructor of Indian Studies; Phil Homeratha, acting chairman of humanities; and Gerald Tuckwin, athletic director.
In a brochure that accompanies the exhibit, a former Pueblo student recalls climbing on a train that took her from her northern New Mexico village to the boarding school.
"When we were climbing down the hill from Taos Junction in the train, when we were seeing the big mountain up there, the boys used to tell us, `Look at the mountain for the last time, sisters!' And we started crying. We thought we were going someplace that we would never come back."
FORMER students interviewed for the exhibit recalled a military style at the strict school. Many of the former students said running away from the school was a common occurrence.
According to the brochure, it was not until the 1970s that parents and tribes had a voice in the education of their children. The school has been administered by the governors of the 19 Pueblo communities of New Mexico under the Indian Self-Determination Act since 1977.
The exhibit is open:
1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 21-23.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 24.
Beginning Jan. 26, the exhibit will be open 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through the first week of February.