Indian Boarding Schools: Keeping The Culture Alive

Beyond The Mesas

Season 1, Episode 1 of 2

Produced with the full participation of The Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, Beyond The Mesas tells the stories of the federal government's efforts to assimilate and acculturate Hopis, the visit by four Hopi chiefs to Washington, the subsequent Oraibi split, and the forced removal and experiences of Hopi children in off-reservation boarding schools such as the Sherman Institute and the Phoenix and Stewart Indian Schools. Faced with the enforced loss of their language in their children, vastly outnumbered by a technologically advanced military that had the power to annihilate them, enlightened Hopi leadership sought a peaceful middle ground that would preserve the best of Hopi culture and combine it with the best of the white man's culture. Both federal policies and pressure to resist from within the Hopi community challenged this strategy.

Previously Aired

Day
Time
Channel
4/20/2009
11:30 p.m.
4/21/2009
4:30 a.m.
11/16/2009
10:30 p.m.
11/17/2009
3:30 a.m.
11/17/2009
8 p.m.
11/18/2009
1 a.m.
11/22/2009
2 p.m.
11/23/2009
1 a.m.
11/24/2009
2 p.m.
4/3/2011
6 p.m.
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