Chemawa Indian School Boys at Drill


Chemawa Indian School Boys at Drill


A group portrait of the boys enrolled at Chemawa Indian School, very soon after the school relocated there from Forest Grove in 1885. The boys stand at attention, demonstrating a military drill for the camera. The student standing in front of the others may have been leading the drill. One student holds the United States flag aloft on the right. A woman stands in the doorway of the white building on the left. Trees, which had not yet been cleared from the campus, lie behind a fenced area in the background. The boys in this portrait were taken to the school from tribes across the Pacific Northwest as part of a government plan to force them to assimilate into white culture. For another photograph taken on the same day, see image WCMss261_001_176.


Off-reservation boarding schools
Native American Studies
Chemawa Indian School


Salem, Oregon





Native American Collection, 1842-1955 (WCMss.261), Whitman College and Northwest Archives, Walla Walla, WA.