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Chauncey Yellow Robe : A Biography of the American Indian Educator, ca. 1870–1930 - (Paperback)

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Canowicakte (kill in the woods)-later Chauncey Yellow Robe-was born about 1870, in the southern part of what became the state of Montana. In his youth, he spent his time running, playing, hunting, fishing, chasing buffaloes, and listening to his grandparents’ stories, beliefs, and values that they passed along to their grandchildren. One day he and 50 other Indian children boarded a train, and were suddenly thrust into the white man’s world. They were given food that they did not recognize and utensils they had no experience using. They were headed for Carlisle, Pennsylvania for a transformation. Unbeknownst to them, they were soon to go through a process that would “kill the Indian and save the man”, by eliminating their native language and belief system. Some survived, some did not, and others thrived. Canowicakte was one of the latter. Richard Pratt, the founder of the school, was impressed by his alacrity for assimilation, and his earnestness, gentleness, humor, and sincerity. They developed a close relationship that lasted for years, even though Chauncey did not agree with the racial aspects of Native Americanism. After graduation he worked for the Indian Service School Systems in the early years of the nineteenth century, at which time he met his wife-to-be, a fair, blond young woman of German descent, who was a nurse, named Lillian Springer. Rubbing shoulders with white culture did not make Chauncey forsake his own people; he became involved with the Society of American Indians. He was a popular speaker, and was known as a “bridge between two cultures”. He published articles in the Society Quarterly Journal of the American Indian and American Indian Magazine, which included his personal biography covering his early life up to Carlisle. Chauncey believed deeply that the treatment of Indians in the Wild-West shows was inherently abusive, both personally and culturally, citing the “evil and degrading influence of commercializing the Indian before the world”, and that it was “the greatest hindrance, injustice, and detriment to the present progress of American Indians toward civilization.” Along with other prominent Native American leaders of his time, he became a Freemason. By the time of Lillian’s death at 42, he and Lillian had had three daughters. When the Spanish Flu epidemic came in 1918, he survived, but his school suffered diminishing enrollment and financial problems thereafter, which contributed, along with other factors, to its final demise. With words from the Grand Master, Yellow Robe was buried on the third anniversary of his wife’s death, April 6, 1930. His passing did not go unnoticed. The New York Times carried his obituary, albeit in need of some corrections. President Calvin Coolidge called him: “a born leader, loyal to his tribe and a trained and intelligent contact between two differe
Number of Pages: 172
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Cultural, Ethnic & Regional, Educators
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Book theme: Native American & Aboriginal
Author: David W. Messer
Language: English
Street Date: September 17, 2018
TCIN: 53798928
UPC: 9781476673226
Item Number (DPCI): 248-05-4205
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