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

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

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.

WINNER of the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize

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

Found in: History

save 5%

  • Out of stock online

$34.95  ea

$34.95 List Price

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Reviews

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

– More About This Product –

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

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

Read from the Book

About fifteen years back, a bunch of us got together to form a drum group. John Samosi, one of our lead singers, suggested we call ourselves “The Pesky Redskins.” Since we couldn’t sing all that well, John argued, we needed a name that would make people smile and encourage them to overlook our musical deficiencies.We eventually settled on the Waa-Chi-Waasa Singers, which was a more stately name. Sandy Benson came up with it, and as I remember, waa-chi-waasa is Ojibway for “far away.” Appropriate enough, since most of the boys who sit around the drum here in Guelph, Ontario, come from somewhere other than here. John’s from Saskatoon. Sandy calls Rama home. Harold Rice was raised on the coast of British Columbia. Mike Duke’s home community is near London, Ontario. James Gordon is originally from Toronto. I hail from California’s central valley, while my son Benjamin was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, and was dragged around North America with his older brother and younger sister. I don’t knowwhere he considers home to be.Anishinaabe, Métis, Coastal Salish, Cree, Cherokee. We have nothing much in common. We’re all Aboriginal and we have the drum. That’s about it.I had forgotten about “Pesky Redskins” but it must have been kicking around in my brain because, when I went looking for a title for this book, something with a bit of irony to it, there it was.Pesky Redskins: A Curious History of Indians in North America.Problem was, no one else liked the title. Several people I trust told
read more read less

From the Publisher

WINNER of the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize

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. King was the first Aboriginal person to deliver the prestigious Massey Lectures, and is also the bestselling, award-winning author of six novels, two collections of short stories and two nonfiction books. He won the 2014 Governor General's Award for Literature for his most recent novel, The Back of the Turtle. His non-fiction tour de force, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America won the BC National Award for Canadian Non Fiction and the RBC Taylor Prize, as well as being a finalist for 2015 CBC Canada Reads. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada. He lives in Guelph, ON.

Editorial Reviews

National BestsellerWINNER 2015 – CBC Bookie Awards - Non-FictionWINNER 2014 – RBC Taylor PrizeWINNER 2013 – Canadian Booksellers Association Non-Fiction Book of the YearFINALIST 2014 – Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-FictionFINALIST 2013 – Trillium Award“King is a Canadian icon . . . The Inconvenient Indian is labeled a history book but it is about Canada today. I suggest teachers include a copy in every school classroom. It made me a better Canadian and more compassionate person.” —Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children, defending The Inconvenient Indian at Canada Reads 2015"Thomas King is funny. And ironic, sarcastic, clever and witty. His writing style is direct, offbeat and accessible. . . . [The Inconvenient Indian is] a riveting, sweeping narrative that illuminates, horrifies, stupefies and educates. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand the enormous divide that persists between many aboriginals and non-aboriginals." —Edmonton Journal“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 storytelle
read more read less