Celebrate People's History: U.S. Indian Industrial Training School

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.91
Artist:
Lana Grove
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
December 2016
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
This poster is white and green of a cemetery where there is text on the headstones. Around the center circle there is text that says, “Haskell Indian Nations University began as the U.S. Indian Industrial Training School. It was one of the first Native American boarding schools, established in 1884, to remove native children from their families and assimilate them into eurocentric culture.” There is an orange overlay of people upside down with braids that are being cut.
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.