The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

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Doubleday Canada, Nov 13, 2012 - History - 304 pages

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.
 

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User Review  - ainjel - LibraryThing

Tom King has fantastic narrative voice. The narrative he weaves is nuanced and bitingly tragic. He doesn't want your sympathy. He wants you to know. Do with that knowledge what you will. Read full review

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User Review  - Carlathelibrarian - LibraryThing

I picked this book up because it was in the finals of Canada Reads 2015. It is easy to see why it was included as a Book to Break Down Barriers. As I read this book, a little piece of my Canadian ... Read full review

Contents

Warm Toast and Porcupines
Forget Columbus
The End of the Trail
Too Heavy To Lift
One Name to Rule Them
We Are Sorry
Like Cowboys and Indians
Forget About
What Indians Want
As Long as the Grass is Green
Happy Ever After
A Conversation Between Shelagh Rogers and Thomas King
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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.

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