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When Indian University—now Bacone College—opened its doorways in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) in 1880, it was once a small Baptist establishment designed to coach younger local americans to be lecturers and Christian missionaries between their very own humans and to behave as brokers of cultural assimilation. From 1927 to 1957, even if, Bacone university replaced direction and pursued a brand new technique of emphasizing the Indian identities of its scholars and projecting often-romanticized pictures of Indianness to the non-Indian public in its fund-raising campaigns. cash used to be funneled again into the college as directors employed local American school who in flip created cutting edge curricular courses in tune and the humanities that inspired their scholars to discover and enhance their local identities. via their widespread use of humor and creative wordplay to reference Indianness—“Indian play”—students articulated the (often contradictory) implications of being trained Indians in mid-twentieth-century the USA. during this supportive and artistic tradition, Bacone grew to become an “Indian school,” instead of simply one other “school for Indians.”

In studying how and why this variation happened, Lisa ok. Neuman situates the scholars’ Indian play inside better theoretical frameworks of cultural creativity, ideologies of authenticity, and counterhegemonic practices which are imperative to the fields of local American and indigenous reports today.

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Xi Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvii advent: American Indian Identities in school . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1. developing an Indian collage: Bacone collage, 1880–1927 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 2. pictures of Indianness: promoting Bacone to the general public . . . . . . . . . . . . . seventy one three. “The Dream of an Indian Princess”: Indian tradition at Bacone, 1927–1941 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ninety five four. Indian schooling in a altering the United States: Bacone collage, 1941–1957 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred twenty five five. advertising tradition: Bacone’s Indian Artists and Their consumers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 6. portray tradition: learning Indian artwork at Bacone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 7. Being Indian in school: scholars at Bacone collage, 1927–1957 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 eight. The Meanings of Indianness: Tribal, Racial, and spiritual Identities at Bacone . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243 end: New Indigenous Identities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287 Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 357 Illustrations MAPS 1. Indian Territory, exhibiting destinations of tribes and Indian collage, 1885 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . forty four 2. Bacone campus, 1941 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 FIGURES 1. pink Men’s Glee membership exposure brochure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 2. Almon C. Bacone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . forty-one three. Rockefeller corridor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . forty nine four. Benjamin D. Weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fifty eight five. Princess Ataloa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . seventy three 6. younger Princess Ataloa in gown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . seventy nine 7. ladies’ Glee membership, 1930 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . eighty eight. The making a song Redmen, 1937 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 nine. Ataloa inn Museum external and inside, 1999 . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 10. Ataloa instructing artwork to scholars in inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred and five 11. Alumnus and instructor Acee Blue Eagle on campus . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 12. President Weeks utilizing the outside baptistery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 thirteen. Indian membership, college of Redlands, 1936 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 14. Aerial photo of Bacone campus, 1958 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 15. Bacone Indian membership, 1942–43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 sixteen. Earl Riley in later lifestyles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred thirty 17. software hide, graduation workouts, 1948 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 18. Francis W. Thompson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred forty five 19. sketch and plea for brand new bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 20. sketch via Dick West, 1949 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 21. “Ol Injun” sketch via Dick West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 22. Oklahoma battle Dancers by way of Acee Blue Eagle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 23. Woody Crumbo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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