The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
A Curious Account of Native People in North America

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It's funny, it's readable, and it makes you think. If you have any kind of a social conscience, The Inconvenient Indian will also make you angry.
-Toronto Star

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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, insightfully 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 America—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.

 

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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.
 
Published September 1, 2013 by Univ Of Minnesota Press. 272 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 15 2013

King’s wife, reading over his shoulder, suggested he had way too many lists. She’s right, but this is still a solid book and a good look at what can be done in the future of Indian-white relations.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Marilyn Gates on Aug 30 2013

Dr. King’s book should be required reading for anyone seeking insider insight into how Indians have been treated in Canada versus the United States. Born in America and now a distinguished Canadian writer-educator, the author is in a prime position for this undertaking.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by CHUCK HAGA on Dec 07 2013

If you want to understand what’s happening in Indian Country today, on reservations and in urban Indian communities, Thomas King’s funny, angry, often whimsical and sometimes melancholic meditation, “The Inconvenient Indian,” is a good place to start.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on Nov 16 2012

It's funny, it's readable, and it makes you think. If you have any kind of a social conscience, The Inconvenient Indian will also make you angry.

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