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

by Thomas King

Doubleday Canada | August 13, 2013 | Trade Paperback

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account Of Native People In North America is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 4.

Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, The Inconvenient Indian distills the insights gleaned from Thomas King''s critical and personal meditation on what it means to be "Indian" in North America, 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: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7.99 × 5.19 × 0.88 in

Published: August 13, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385664222

ISBN - 13: 9780385664226

Found in: History

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This should be compulsory reading for every North American I simply couldn't put this book down. It's a rollicking lope through the history of Indian and European relations in North America -- one that is simultaneously hilarious and haunting. King's velvet glove of humour cushions a compelling anger. I've already given away two copies to friends -- it's that good.
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just read it! This book is a welcome antidote to the long, uninterrupted line of North American histories in which aboriginal voices have been largely absent or muted.  It's funny, thoughtful, and thought-provoking.  It is also uncomfortable at times, as an account of colonialism only can be.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read for all! Enjoyable, hard-hitting book about North American history from the perspective of Native peoples. Thomas King writes in a no-holds barred book looking at the impact on Natives lives by European civilization and the quest for land and riches. It is not a linear factoid historical book but a conversational style account of 'Indian' life not just from yesterday but to present times. Excellent material! Every Canadian should read this book to have a better understanding of the issues and challenges confronting Canada's First Nations.
Date published: 2013-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A biased account of the realities of Native life in North America. Why are you showing 'no reviews ' for this book? Several were presented and posted on this site weeks ago. Very unprofessional and an explanation is needed.
Date published: 2013-05-16

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

by Thomas King

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7.99 × 5.19 × 0.88 in

Published: August 13, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385664222

ISBN - 13: 9780385664226

From the Publisher

Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, The Inconvenient Indian distills the insights gleaned from Thomas King''s critical and personal meditation on what it means to be "Indian" in North America, 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 and an administrator of Native programs, and has taught Native literature and history at universities in the United States and Canada. He is the bestselling author of five novels, including Medicine River, described as "precise and elegant" by The New York Times; Green Grass, Running Water, which Newsweek called "a first class work of art"; and Truth and Bright Water, a CBC Canada Reads 2004 Selection. He is also the author of two frequently anthologized collections of short stories, several books for children, and the 2003 Massey Lectures, The Truth About Stories. He has been nominated for or won numerous awards and honours, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Governor General''s Literary Award, the Trillium Award, the Commonwealth Prize, and the Order of Canada. He lives in Guelph, Ontario. The author lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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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