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Indian School Days (Basil Johnson Titles)

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This book is the humorous, bitter-sweet autobiography of a Canadian Ojibwa who was taken from his family at age ten and placed in Jesuit boarding school in northern Ontario. It was 1939 when the feared Indian agent visited Basil Johnstons family and removed him and his four-year-old sister to St. Peter Clavers school, run by the priests in a community known as Spanish, 75 miles from Sudbury.

“Spanish! It was a word synonymous with residential school, penitentiary, reformatory, exile, dungeon, whippings, kicks, slaps, all rolled into one,” Johnston recalls. But despite the aching loneliness, the deprivation, the culture shock and the numbing routine, his story is engaging and compassionate. Johnston creates marvelous portraits of the young Indian boys who struggled to adapt to strange ways and unthinking, unfeeling discipline. Even the Jesuit teachers, whose flashes of humor occasionally broke through their stern demeanor, are portrayed with an understanding born of hindsight.

About the Author

Basil Johnston has written several books ranging from folk tales and humorous stories to works on the Ojibwa language. After St. Peter Claver's School, he studied history and English at Loyola Collage, Montreal, and attended teachers' college. He is a lecturer in the Ethnology Department of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806126104
Author:
Johnston, Basil H.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Location:
Norman :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans
Subject:
Ojibwa Indians
Subject:
Ojibwa Indians -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Basil Johnson Titles
Series Volume:
NASA TT-20078
Publication Date:
19900131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 0.78 lb

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