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ERIC Number: EJ864805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0275-7664
Cultural Survival and the Omaha Way: Eunice Woodhull Stabler's Legacy of Preservation on the Twentieth-Century Plains
Nelson, Elaine M.
Great Plains Quarterly, v29 n3 p213-236 Sum 2009
Eunice Woodhull Stabler. Eunice Stabler, or Thataweson , meaning "Pale Woman of the Bird Clan," was born in 1885 on the Omaha Reservation in northeastern Nebraska. During a period of continued transitions and federal assimilation efforts directed at the Omaha people--and Indigenous people throughout the United States--Stabler remained inherently rooted in her Omaha heritage and lifeways. A product of the U.S. Indian boarding school experience, Stabler was propelled into a world and way of living that was drastically different from that which surrounded her on the Omaha Reservation the first twelve years of her life. Thousands of Indian children during the late 1800s and into the 1900s endured the United States' assimilation policies in attending federal boarding schools. Such institutions forced these children into traumatic experiences that included rules against speaking their tribal languages, cutting of hair, removal of Indian clothing and cultural practices, and even sexual and physical abuse. Many departed from these institutions only to struggle with identifying their roles within American society "and" their tribal societies. Some pupils returned to their homes, abandoned the instruction they were forced to learn, and reoriented themselves with their ancestral ways. However, other youths found it difficult to return home at all, for in many instances they had lost a connection with their tribal traditions, languages, and identities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska