Empty beds : Indian student health at Sherman Institute, 1902-1922
Xwi7xwa Library, University of British Columbia

Keller, Jean A.
"Empty Beds explores the early era of change in Indian education ideology as it pertained to student health at Sherman Institute in Southern California between 1902 and 1922. Beginning with the establishment of Carlisle Indian School in 1879, nonreservation boarding schools earned a reputation for being physically unhealthy environments for Indian children. By the turn of the century, a growing recognition of the importance of student health in Indian education began to emerge throughout the country. Unlike other nonreservation boarding schools, Sherman Institute tried to contain the devastating effects of epidemic diseases, accidents, and illnesses that were common during the early decades of the twentieth century. Strict compliance with new Indian Office preventive health policies and the implementation of school-specific health practices resulted in a relatively healthy student population compared with other nonreservation schools.

The fact that the student population at Sherman Institute during the period between 1902 and 1922 evidenced good health is at odds with widespread perceptions that nonreservation boarding schools essentially functioned as death factories for Native American children. Empty Beds is the first comprehensive study of Indian student health at a nonreservation boarding school. Keller’s exciting and provocative new conclusions will inspire a wide range of scholarship in this hitherto bypassed field of inquiry."

More Information

087013633X; 087013650X
Design for living -- Prevention -- Medical care -- Morbidity and mortality -- Epidemics, accidents, and illnesses -- Tuberculosis: policy and practice -- Sore eyes -- Conclusion.
Native American series.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-259) and index.


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