View the Fall exhibit currently displayed in the
Community Recreation Center hallway.
Stewart Indian School
Acknowledging the traditional homelands of the Numu (Northern Paiute), Nuwu (Southern Paiute), Wašiw (Washoe), and Newe (Western Shoshone), in what is now the state of Nevada.
We Remember Your Sacrifices, You Are Not Forgotten:
The Story and Art of Stewart Indian School
The traveling exhibit, “We Remember Your Sacrifices, you are not forgotten: The Story and Art of Stewart Indian School” is being displayed at the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District Community Recreation Center.
10981 Truckee Way, Truckee, CA
from July 13-October 20, 2023
This exhibit is a partnership with the Great Basin Native Artists (GBNA) Collective, Nevada Indian Commission, Visit Carson City, and the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum. The exhibit features historical text and artifacts from SISCCM and contemporary art from GBNA.
We Remember your sacrifices; you are not forgotten:
The Story and Art of the Stewart Indian School
Carson City, Nev. – (August 14, 2023) The Truckee Parks and Recreation Community Center opened a new traveling art exhibit called “We Remember your sacrifices; you are not forgotten: The Story and Art of the Stewart Indian School.” This new display is a partnership between the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum; Nevada Indian Commission; Visit Carson City; and Great Basin Native Artists Collective. This exhibit, located in Carson City, Nevada, is displayed from July 13-Oct. 20.
The exhibit tells the story of Stewart Indian School, a federal government boarding school located south of Carson City, where Native American children of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, Western Shoshone, Northern Paiute, and Southern Paiute were removed from their families and land to learn English and job skills. Eventually Native children from over 200 tribal nations attended the school between 1890 and 1980.
While at Stewart many students studied art and expressed their creativity learning the stone masonry found in the beautiful buildings on campus. The students were taught by Hopi stonemasons from Arizona, and their artistry is demonstrated in the 65 buildings still existing on the 110-acre campus. In addition to the stone masonry, students painted murals in some of the buildings and left behind much of their artwork in the form of paintings, wood carvings, baskets, and beaded work.
The artwork continues today in the contemporary work by Great Basin Native Artists Collective, managed by Melissa Melero-Moose (Fallon Paiute/Modoc) and displayed at the museum’s Great Basin Native Artist Gallery. Some of this contemporary art is displayed in the Truckee exhibit demonstrating the continuity of traditional Native art in contemporary forms.
The vision of the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum is to honor the children at Stewart, tell their stories through museum exhibits and first-person accounts on touch screens, and to help the living alumni, their families, and tribal communities to heal. This exhibit invites visitors to come to Carson City and learn from stories shared by Stewart alumni of how the school evolved from the early boarding school days with the cruel assimilation policy into a high school that Native students wanted to attend.
The Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum (SISCCM) is located at 1 Jacobsen Way, Carson City, Nevada, and is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on state and federal holidays. For more information about SISCC&M, contact Bobbi Rahder, Museum Director, at 775-687-7606, or e-mail email@example.com, or see: www.StewartIndianSchool.com. For more information about the Great Basin Native Artists Collective, visit http://www.greatbasinnativeartists.com/.