sketchbook by Doanmoe which the Indians’ overseer, Lt. Richard Henry Pratt, kept and to which he added type-written annotations. I was struck by the stark emptiness of this page and the appearance that the little people were trapped inside a dome, like a snow globe. To me it reads loud and clear as a depiction of captivity and isolation.
In 1992, PBS ran a documentary on their series “The American Experience” called In the White Man’s Image, a film that traces the development of Lt. Pratt’s methods for acculturating Native Americans into mainstream white culture. It begins with the story of the 72 captives at Fort Marion, where Pratt first used his methods, and continues with an examination of Pratt’s Carlise School for Indians, established in Pennsylvania in 1879. In that film I was interested to see this engraving, from Harpers Bazaar Magazine, of a classroom at Fort Marion. It looks quite a bit like Doanmoe’s drawing of the chapel service.