A Stage Set for Assimilation: The Model Indian School at the World’s Columbian Exposition

  title={A Stage Set for Assimilation: The Model Indian School at the World’s Columbian Exposition},
  author={Christopher Thomas Green},
  journal={Winterthur Portfolio},
  pages={95 - 133}
  • C. Green
  • Published 1 June 2017
  • Sociology
  • Winterthur Portfolio
This article analyzes the US Bureau of Indian Affairs model Indian school exhibit at the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition as an artifact of spatial and social relations. It uses architectural drawings to examine how assimilationist ideals were spatialized and displayed in a functioning industrial school that structured education, race, and morality. At the same time, it considers the decorations of indigenous material culture and the resistances and ambivalences of the children who… 



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