Before and after photographs of Navaho boy Tom Torlino as he appeared when he arrived at Carlisle Indian School in 1882 and as he looked three years later.
flipFlip to Students at the Carlisle Indian School, Carlisle, PA, circa 1890.
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Tom Torlino as he arrived at Carlisle Indian School in 1882 wearing his native clothing, long hair, jewelry (hoops and cross necklace). Tom Torlino, three years later, with shorn hair and dressed in jacket and tie

Credit: Cumberland County Historical Society

The Carlisle Indian School adhered to founder Richard Pratt's philosophy "benevolent assimilation." Despite outward appearances, a strong sense of Indian-ness survived as many students returned to their homes following graduation.

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