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.
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.