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Blacksmithing class at work in the Indian Training School

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Blacksmithing class at work in the Indian Training School

Description

A posed photograph of Native American boys in the Forest Grove Indian Training School performing blacksmithing skills. The names of the children are not identified. The white man is their blacksmithing instructor. The caption notes that this was number 41 in a series of photographs by I.G. Davidson, a photography studio based in Portland. The series shows how the school taught the children to behave according to the norms of white society, including the teaching of vocational skills such as this one. This photograph was reproduced alongside several other images of the school as an etching in a popular magazine, Harper's Weekly, in 1882. The Pacific University Archives' copy of this photo is a black-and-white reproduction of the original, which would have been a sepia-toned albumen print.

Creator

I. G. Davidson, photographer

Date

1881-1882

Identifier

PUApic_015049.jpg

Image Text

[Back] Forest Grove Indian Training School - Blacksmithing

Citation

I. G. Davidson, photographer, “Blacksmithing class at work in the Indian Training School,” Pacific University Archives Exhibits, accessed November 17, 2017, http://exhibits.lib.pacificu.edu/items/show/3304.