The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account Of Native People In North America

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The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account Of Native People In North America

by Thomas King

Doubleday Canada | November 13, 2012 | Hardcover

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account Of Native People In North America is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

The Inconvenient Indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America.
 
Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book distills the insights gleaned from that meditation, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. In the process, King refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands.
 
This is a book both timeless and timely, burnished with anger but tempered by wit, and ultimately a hard-won offering of hope -- a sometimes inconvenient, but nonetheless indispensable account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.53 × 5.7 × 1.04 in

Published: November 13, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385664214

ISBN - 13: 9780385664219

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like talking to an old friend Thomas King writes the unwritten history and presents it in an easy to read, follow, and understand form. Reading this book is like sitting with an old friend. Also, without intending to, he gives an explanation to the "IDLE NO MORE" movement which is growing across our nation, and the reader learns that our shared history on Turtle Island is not just about one or the other, but about ALL OF US.
Date published: 2013-02-03
Rated out of 5 by from Any Canadian who considers themselves a student of history may want to read the Inconvenient Indian. I love King's writing, his dedication to distinguishing between truth and fiction, as well as to unraveling the Great Man narratives so prevalent in Canadian history texts. Stephen Harper, or his speech writers, might be well advised to study this narration! In the preparation to further fictionalize history as we plant the celebration of 150 years of Canada, this book is a reading requirement.
Date published: 2012-12-29

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The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account Of Native People In North America

by Thomas King

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.53 × 5.7 × 1.04 in

Published: November 13, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385664214

ISBN - 13: 9780385664219

From the Publisher

The Inconvenient Indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America.
 
Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book distills the insights gleaned from that meditation, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. In the process, King refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands.
 
This is a book both timeless and timely, burnished with anger but tempered by wit, and ultimately a hard-won offering of hope -- a sometimes inconvenient, but nonetheless indispensable account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future.

About the Author

THOMAS KING is one of Canada''s premier Native public intellectuals. For the past five decades, he has worked as an activist for Native causes, as an administrator in Native programs, and has taught Native literature and history at universities in the U.S. and Canada. King was the first Aboriginal person to deliver the prestigious Massey Lectures, and is also the bestselling, award-winning author of five novels and two collections of short stories.

Editorial Reviews

Nominated for the Canadian Booksellers Association Non-Fiction Book of the Year FINALIST 2013 – Trillium Award FINALIST 2013 – Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction “ The Inconvenient Indian may well be unsettling for many non-natives in this country to read. This is exactly why we all should read it. Especially now.” — Vancouver Sun “[ The Inconvenient Indian is] couched in a plainspoken forthrightness that shocks as often as it demystifies. . . . It is essential reading for everyone who cares about Canada and who seeks to understand native people, their issues and their dreams. . . . Thomas King is beyond being a great writer and storyteller, a lauded academic and educator. He is a towering intellectual. For native people in Canada, he is our Twain; wise, hilarious, incorrigible, with a keen eye for the inconsistencies that make us and our society flawed, enigmatic, but ultimately powerful symbols of freedom. The Inconvenient Indian is less an indictment than a reassurance that we can create equality and harmony. A powerful, important book.” — The Globe and Mail “ The Inconvenient Indian is a book of stories with a lot of history in it. It may well be the best analysis of how Native people have existed, and still exist, in North America. . . . What a gift this book is. What gratitude we owe this wise and gracious and frisky writer. . . . Even if you think you know North American Aboriginal history, you
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