Colonized through Art: American Indian Schools and Art by Marinella Lentis

By Marinella Lentis

Colonized via Art explores how the government used art schooling for American Indian youngsters as an software for the “colonization of consciousness,” hoping to instill the values and beliefs of Western society whereas concurrently retaining a political, social, monetary, and racial hierarchy.

Focusing on the Albuquerque Indian university in New Mexico, the Sherman Institute in Riverside, California, and the world’s festivals and native group exhibitions, Marinella Lentis examines how the U.S. government’s method to the “Indian challenge” on the finish of the 19th century emphasized education and assimilation. Educational theories on the time considered paintings because the starting place of morality and that allows you to advertise virtues and private development. those theories made the topic of paintings a traditional instrument for coverage makers and educators to take advantage of achieve their assimilationist pursuits of turning scholar “savages” into civilized women and men. regardless of such academic regimes for college students, although, indigenous principles approximately artwork sometimes emerged “from below,” rather from famous paintings academics such as Arizona Swayney and Angel DeCora.

Colonized via Art explores how American Indian faculties taught young children to desert their cultural history and bring artificially “native” crafts that have been exhibited at neighborhood and overseas fairs. The buy of those crafts by means of most people became scholars’ paintings into commodities and faculties into factories.


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