Education Beyond the Mesas | Tuba City Unified School District #15

Education Beyond The Mesas

“Education beyond the Mesas” is the fascinating story of how generations of Hopi schoolchildren from northeastern Arizona “turned the power” by using compulsory federal education to affirm their way of life and better their community. Sherman Institute in Riverside, California, one of the largest off-reservation boarding schools in the United States, followed other federally funded boarding schools of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in promoting the assimilation of indigenous people into mainstream America. Many Hopi schoolchildren, deeply conversant in Hopi values and traditional education before being sent to Sherman Institute, resisted this program of acculturation. Immersed in learning about another world, generations of Hopi children drew on their culture to skillfully navigate a system designed to change them irrevocably. In fact, not only did the Hopi children strengthen their commitment to their families and communities while away in the “land of oranges,” they used their new skills, fluency in English, and knowledge of politics and economics to help their people when they eventually returned home. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert draws on interviews, archival records, and his own experiences growing up in the Hopi community to offer a powerful account of a quiet, enduring triumph..

Storyteller

Storyteller

Leslie Marmon Silko’s groundbreaking book that blends original short stories and poetry influenced by the traditional oral tales that she heard growing up.
Me and Mine

Me and Mine

An energetic Hopi woman emerges from a traditional family background to embrace the more conventional way of life in American today.
Ceremony

Ceremony

Thirty years since its original publication, Ceremony remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature, a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing.
A Navajo Legacy

A Navajo Legacy

Holiday describes how, at an early age, he began an apprenticeship with his grandfather to learn the Blessing Way ceremony.
No Turning Back

No Turning Back

Throughout her life this remarkable woman has held to the best in Hopi culture and has fought to maintain it in the lives of her students.

TCUSD is unified in culture, technology and its commitment to education; every stakeholder is prepared to achieve a lifetime of personal, cultural, civic excellence and to enrich the community.

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