Co-published with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Between 1893 and 1903, Jesse H. Bratley worked in Indian schools across five reservations in the American West. As a teacher Bratley was charged with forcibly assimilating Native Americans through education. Although tasked with eradicating their culture, Bratley became entranced by it—collecting artifacts and taking glass plate photographs to document the Native America he encountered.
This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. In Toronto, before singing “O Canada,” students and teachers in public schoolsbegin their dayby acknowledging that they are on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Haundenosaunee Confederacy, and Wendat.
As editor of American Anthropologist, much of my summer reading ends up being article submissions, from which I learn a ton! Aside from that, however, I am looking forward to reading Before Boas: The Genesis of Ethnography and Ethnology in the German Enlightenment, by Han F. Vermeulen, which has been sitting on my desk for over a year.