Inconvenient Indian : a curious account of Native People in North America

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.
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King, Thomas

Thomas King, University Professor Emeritus, is the writer of four literary novels, two mysteries, two short stories collections, and four children’s books. In 2003, his Massey Lectures, The Truth about Stories, won the Ontario Trillium Award. His second non-fiction book, The Inconvenient Indian, won the National B.C. Non-Fiction Award and the Charles Taylor Prize in 2012. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2004 and, for The Back of the Turtle, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction in 2014.