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Documenting ethnic cleansing in North America: Creating unseen tears


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Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential/Boarding Schools in Western New York addresses unresolved issues stemming from centuries of genocidal policy. Southern Ontario's Mohawk Institute and New York's Thomas Indian School functioned for over a century as a tool of assimilation. Unseen Tears shows testimonials of Haudenosaunee boarding school survivors and their families from both sides of the U.S. Canadian border. Native American families continue to feel the impact of the Thomas Indian School, The Mohawk Institute, and The Carlisle Industrial School. Survivors speak of traumatic separation from their families, abuse, and an assault on their language. Native social service providers and the families of survivors talk of the symptoms; identity problems, alcoholism, and domestic violence, that continue in the wake of a systematic assault on Native American culture.

The schools sought to erase indigenous identities and replace them with the values of Anglo-American culture. I discovered, as I searched for material to incorporate into the video, how filmmakers and photographers collaborated with policy makers to assimilate Native Americans. The media produced about residential schools, until recently, was part of a policy of programmatic cultural extermination. The films and photos show what type of citizens the governments of the United States and Canada hoped to mold through the Native American boarding schools. I address how I used this material in Unseen Tears. I discuss the meaning of these works in relation to the larger campaign undertaken by the United States and Canada to assimilate Native people.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Education history;
Native American studies;
Film studies
Classification
0520: Education history
0740: Native American studies
0900: Film studies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Education; Social sciences; Boarding school; Documentary; Mohawk institute; Residential school; Thomas indian school; Unseen tears
Title
Documenting ethnic cleansing in North America: Creating unseen tears
Author
Douglas, Ronald James
Number of pages
55
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0656
Source
MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124244198
Advisor
Elder, Sarah
Committee member
Elder, Sarah; Glazier, Loss P.; Jackson, Bruce
University/institution
State University of New York at Buffalo
Department
Media Study
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
M.F.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1482210
ProQuest document ID
757916758
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/757916758/previewPDF
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