Essie's Story: The Life and Legacy of a Shoshone Teacher

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August 1999



This is the spirited story of Esther Burnett Horne, an accomplished and inspiring educator in Indian boarding schools. Born in 1909, Horne attended Haskell Indian Institute in Lawrence, Kansas, and often visited relatives on the Shoshone Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Motivated by teachers like Ella Deloria and Ruth Muskrat Bronson, Horne devoted her life to educating other Indian children. She began teaching at the Wahpeton Indian School in Wahpeton, North Dakota, in 1930 and has remained active in education to the present day.

Esther Horne and Sally McBeth developed this life history in a truly collaborative manner. McBeth carefully documented both Horne's personal history and the creation of this work. What emerges is an engaging and informative narrative about education and identity.


Sally McBeth is a professor of anthropology and multicultural studies at the University of Northern Colorado.


"This collaboration between a Shoshone teacher and a white anthropologist presents the classic tensions inherent in European and Native American views of culture. And Horne's story materializes as one of a lifetime spent educating -- not acculturating -- young Native Americans. . . . In this fascinating life story, Horne sees Sacajawea as a personal metaphor, by which she makes sense of her own life as a Native American in a nation that reveres the written word over oral tradition". -- Booklist
EAN: 9780803273245
ISBN: 080327324X
Untertitel: 'American Indian Lives'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 1999
Seitenanzahl: 225 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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