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September 29-December 12, 2014

LIBRARY EXHIBIT: Before “The Search Engine”:  Education, Identity and Tradition 

In “The Search Engine,” Alexie introduces us to Corliss, a Spokane Indian and Washington State undergraduate whose passion for school and poetry bemuses her extended family—and occasionally—Corliss, herself. Native American encounters with the U.S. educational system have always been fraught with tremendous challenges to individual and collective cultural identities.  For American Indians born in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, on and off-reservation boarding and day schools were traumatic sites of federally and missionary funded ethnocide—or “Americanization”—where tribal languages and traditions were systematically denigrated and suppressed. Nonetheless, many American Indians not only survived these institutions, but also used them to further their own passions and ambitions—as individuals, and as members of Indigenous communities.  This exhibit explores the intertwined themes of education, identity, and tradition with historical and contemporary examples drawn from the regional, state and national landscape.
Curated by Dr. Terri CastanedaDepartment of Anthropology, and Dr. Brian Baker (Bad River Chippewa), Department of Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies Program.

Dates: September 29-December 12, 2014
 University Library Mezzanine, Second Floor

For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Baker at

  • FREE FILM SERIES: Smoke Signals (1998)
  • FREE FILM SERIES: Two Spirits (2009)
  • FREE FILM SERIES: Welcome to the American Reservation Prison Camp (2011)
  • DINE & DISCUSS, September 10-October 15, Dining Commons
  • SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: The Frank LaPena Papers Exhibit, October 2014.
  • AUTHOR DAY: Readings, lectures, and booksignings, October 16, 2014

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