American Indian Heritage Day: Film Screening
- Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
- Procrastinator Theater
Join us as we celebrate American Indian Heritage Day. This year, we are pleased to bring awareness, education, and dialogue surrounding residential and boarding schools, and the work and impacts of recovering and returning the remains of children to their peoples and communities. This is a free film screening of Home from School: the Children of the Carlisle in the Procrastinator Theatre.
ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY
“Kill the Indian in him, and save the man” was the guiding principle of the U.S. government-run Indian boarding school system starting in the late 19th Century. The program removed tens of thousands of Native American children from their tribal homelands, and through brutal assimilation tactics, stripped them of their languages, traditions, and culture. The students were forced through a military-style, remedial education. Most children returned emotionally scarred, culturally unrooted with trauma that has echoed down the generations. Many students never returned home, having died at the schools.
In 2017, a delegation of Northern Arapaho tribal members traveled from Wyoming to Pennsylvania to retrieve remains of three children who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the 1880s. Home From School: The Children of Carlisle dives into the history of the flagship federal boarding school and chronicles the modern-day journey of tribal members who seek to recover what remains of the Arapaho children more than 100 years after they perished. In a quest to heal generational wounds, the Northern Arapaho forge the way for other tribes to follow.
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