Three Plays: The Indolent Boys, Children of the Sun, and the Moon in Two Windows
The Indolent Boys recounts the 1891 tragedy of runaways from the Kiowa Boarding School who froze to death while trying to return to their families. The play explores the consequences, for Indian students and their white teachers, of the federal program to “kill the Indian and save the Man.” A joyous counterpoint to this tragedy, Children of the Sun is a short children’s play that explains the people’s relationship to the sun. The Moon in Two Windows, a screenplay set in the early 1900s, centers on the children of defeated Indian tribes, who are forced into assimilation at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where the U.S. government established the first off-reservation boarding school.
University of Oklahoma Press
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Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | History | Nonfiction
Momaday , N. S. (2007). Three Plays: The Indolent Boys, Children of the Sun, and the Moon in Two Windows. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.