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Housekeeping class at work in the Indian Training School



Housekeeping class at work in the Indian Training School


A posed photograph of Native American girls in the Forest Grove Indian Training School performing housekeeping skills. The twenty girls of various ages are in western dress and are doing tasks which range from sewing to washing. The caption notes that this was number 43 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 performance 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.


I. G. Davidson, photographer





Image Text

Davidson, Photo. No. 43. Indian Training School, Forest Grove, Oregon. Housekeeping. Capt. M. C. Wilkinson, U.S.A., in Charge.


I. G. Davidson, photographer, “Housekeeping class at work in the Indian Training School,” Pacific University Archives Exhibits, accessed May 25, 2018,