“Yet the fact that the Indian and his surroundings lend themselves to artistic treatment has not been lost sight of, for in his country one may treat limitless subjects of an aesthetic character without in any way doing injustice to scientific accuracy or neglecting the homelier phases of aboriginal life.” (p xxiii)
These are excerpts from a “model letter” given in an English language textbook in 1890. Morley, Alberta, was the home of the so-called “MacDougall Orphanage and Residential School” which was an Indian residential school from around 1875 until 1910.
“How indeed could we act with assuredness if we were to lose track of our culturally mandated patterns of time? … enslavement to – the reality of a cultural construct.” (p 4)
“Our ineptitude in getting at the record is largely caused by the artificiality of systems of indexing. When data of any sort are placed in storage, they are filed alphabetically or numerically, and information is found (when it is) by tracing it down from subclass to subclass. It can be in only one place, unless duplicates are used; one has to have rules as to which path will locate it, and the rules are cumbersome.” (¶ 51)