Carpenter class at work in the Indian Training School


Carpenter class at work in the Indian Training School


A posed photograph of Native American boys in the Forest Grove Indian Training School performing carpentry skills. The caption notes that this was number 42 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 teaching 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


Off-reservation boarding schools
Native American Studies
Chemawa Indian School


Forest Grove, Oregon




Forest Grove Indian School Collection, Pacific University Archives

Other Media

Davidson, Photo. No. 42. Indian Training School, Forest Grove, Oregon, Carpenters at Work. Capt. M. C. Wilkinson, U. S. A., in Charge.