GO EAST, Young Man (or Woman)!: American Indians, Education, and Turn-of-the-Century America


Wednesday, November 3Hand-colored lantern slide of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, 1881. Courtesy of National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution (NAA INV 06702700)

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Rachel Carson Room, Main Interior Building

In the late nineteenth century, an increasing number of American Indians left rural communities in the American West to attend boarding schools, like Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, or institutions of higher learning, like Dartmouth and Yale. Historian to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs Francis Flavin will discuss individuals like Charles Eastman (Wahpeton Sioux), Henry Roe Cloud (Winnebago), Gertrude Bonin (Yankton Sioux), and Carlos Montezuma (Yavapai) and their ideas about the issues facing Indian people at the turn of the century.


Special Assistance – For those in need of special assistance (such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired) or inquiries regarding the accessible entrance, please notify museum staff at (202) 208-4743 in advance of the program. Special needs will be accommodated whenever possible.


Hand-colored lantern slide of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, 1881.
Courtesy of National Anthropological Archives,
Smithsonian Institution (NAA INV 06702700)