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An Artistic Advantage

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“Just as Greek and Egyptian art have been made much of in schools, it is the aim to foster the artistic instincts of the Indian instead of blotting out all his tendencies and civilizing him too completely”

Carlisle educators found American culture to be a useful tool for assimilation. Carlisle students excelled in music and arts, learning American styles to replace their stolen cultures. In The Indian Craftsman, this author argues that Indians should retain just enough of their culture to use it as an artistic advantage. The comparison to the ancient civilizations of Greece and Egypt reflect a larger public opinion that Native American society was ultimately doomed.