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In "The Inconvenient Indian," Thomas King offers a deeply knowing, darkly funny, unabashedly opinionated, and utterly unconventional account of Indian-White relations in North America since initial contact. Ranging freely across the centuries and the Canada-U.S. border, King debunks fabricated stories of Indian savagery and White heroism, takes an oblique look at Indians (and cowboys) in film and popular culture, wrestles with the history of Native American resistance and his own experiences as a Native rights activist, and articulates a profound, revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands.

Suffused with wit, anger, perception, and wisdom, "The Inconvenient Indian" is at once an engaging chronicle and a devastating subversion of history, brilliantly distilling what it means to be "Indian" in North America. It is a critical and personal meditation that sees Native American history not as a straight line but rather as a circle in which the same absurd, tragic dynamics are played out over and over again. At the heart of the dysfunctional relationship between Indians and Whites, King writes, is land: "The issue has always been land." With that insight, the history inflicted on the indigenous peoples of North American--broken treaties, forced removals, genocidal violence, and racist stereotypes--sharpens into focus. Both timeless and timely, "The Inconvenient Indian" ultimately rejects the pessimism and cynicism with which Natives and Whites regard one another to chart a new and just way forward for Indians and non-Indians alike.

About Thomas King

Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer. His many books include the novels" Medicine River"- "Green Grass, Running Water"- "Truth and Bright Water"- two short story collections, "One Good Story, That One" (Minnesota, 2013) and "A Short History of Indians in Canada" (Minnesota, 2013)- nonfiction, "The Truth About Stories" (Minnesota, 2005)- and the children s books "A Coyote Columbus Story," "Coyote Sings to the Moon," "Coyote s New Suit," and "A Coyote Solstice Tale." King edited the literary anthology "All My Relations" and wrote and starred in the popular CBC radio series, "The Dead Dog Cafe." He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western American Literary Association (2004) and an Aboriginal Achievement Award (2003), and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2004. He has taught Native literature and history and creative writing at the University of Lethbridge, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Guelph and is now retired and lives in Guelph, Ontario."

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Author : Thomas King
Publisher : University of Minnesota Press
Data Published : 01 September 2013
ISBN : 0816689768
EAN : 9780816689767
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 272 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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