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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 79. Did Indigenous children lose their religion in US residential boarding schools?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43194


Residential boarding schools were a central component of Federal Indian policy after the Civil War. This essay examines how institutions tried and failed to annihilate their pupils’ religion and replace it with an industrial Christian ethic, and demonstrates that students creatively interacted with this instruction in dynamic and unexpected ways.

Chapter Contributors

  • Zara Surratt ( - zsurratt) 'University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD candidate'