Spokane Indians, after seven months at the Indian Training School


Spokane Indians, after seven months at the Indian Training School


A group portrait of students from the Spokane tribe at the Forest Grove Indian Training School, taken seven months after they arrived. The caption notes that this was number 35 in a series of photographs by I.G. Davidson, a photography studio based in Portland. The photograph is one of several group portraits that depict 'before and after' views of students at the school; see also the corresponding 'before' picture, PUApic_008608. These photographs show that the school dressed the students and taught them to behave according to the norms of white society. The students pictured probably include some of those who arrived as a group from Spokane lands in July, 1881: Alice L. Williams; Florence Hayes; Suzette (or Susan) Secup; Julia Jopps; Louise Isaacs; Eunice Madge James; James George; Ben Secup; Frank Rice; and Garfield Hayes. Tiny numerals written on the photograph apparently refer to a list of captions that no longer exists.


I. G. Davidson, photographer


Off-reservation boarding schools
Native American Studies
Chemawa Indian School


Forest Grove, Oregon




Forest Grove Indian School Collection, Pacific University Archives



Other Media

[front] Davidson. Photo. No. 63. Indian Training School, Forest Grove, Oregon. New Recruits. - Spokane Indians, after Seven Months at School. Capt. M. C. Wilkinson, U. S. A., in Charge. [back] I. G. Davidson; Photographer; Portland, Oregon