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

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

  • Title: The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
  • Author: Thomas King
  • ISBN: 9780816689767
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 anIn 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.

    The Inconvenient Indian A Curious Account of 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 years about what it means to be Indian in North America. The Inconvenient Indian A Curious Account of Native The Inconvenient Indian A Curious Account of Native People in North America Thomas King ISBN Kostenloser Versand fr The Inconvenient Indian A Curious Account of Native The Inconvenient Indian 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 storyteller, a lauded academic and educator He is a towering intellectual For native people in Canada, he is our Twain wise, hilarious, incorrigible, with a keen eye for the inconsistencies The Inconvenient Indian Summary SuperSummary Dead Indians are beloved of North Americans the tragic, romantic figures of the past, the only antiquity that North America has Meanwhile, Living Indians are an embarrassment, an inconvenience, and largely invisible Legal Indians are the great thorn in the side of North American governments. The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King Fascinating, often hilarious, always devastatingly truthful, The Inconvenient Indian is destined to become a classic of historical narrative For those who wish to better understand Native peoples, it is a must read For those who don t wish to understand, it is even so Joseph Boyden

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    1. Thomas King

      Thomas King was born in 1943 in Sacramento, California and is of Cherokee, Greek and German descent He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Utah in 1986 He is known for works in which he addresses the marginalization of American Indians, delineates pan Indian concerns and histories, and attempts to abolish common stereotypes about Native Americans He taught Native American Studies at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, and at the University of Minnesota He is currently a Professor of English at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada King has become one of the foremost writers of fiction about Canada s Native people.

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    1. I learned a lot from this and was blown away by King’s ability to compress so much history by focusing on a limited set of themes. King does a great service in explaining the long history of Indian-White relations in North America so clearly and in using the sweep of the tragic failures to urge us all to do better in the future. This is no dry history, but a personalized account. I also appreciated his cushioning of uncomfortable truths with ironic humor and a sense that we are all facing the [...]


    2. Tough one to review. King explicitly states at the outset it will be his own personal approach to a topic that spans 500+ years, consists of hundreds if not thousands of independent tribes (not a heterogeneous group - call them First Nations, Aboriginals, Native Americans, or Indians, as he prefers), and is fraught with legal, political, tribal and even linguistic complexity that crosses and differs across borders.He acknowledges that he is more comfortable with fiction, and that he won't be pre [...]


    3. Great read! If the content wasn't so devastating it'd be a hilarious book. Thomas King is a skilled writer who magnificently rabbit-trails through 500 years of Indian/Settler history with his entertaining, laconic wit, unique eye and keen intelligence. Although it's a bit of an uncomfortable read if you happen to be (as I am) a white, Christian male: King, at one point refers to Christianity as the "gateway drug to supply-side capitalism." OuchRead about:- the white creation of the universal "In [...]


    4. The Inconvenient Indian is, as it states, an account of some events that have occurred in the history of the Native people of North America. It isn’t necessarily a chronological history, but more of a layman’s introductory guide into this subject. So for a reader such as myself, this book was the perfect place to start.The book covers a wide variety of topics such as (mis)representation of Indians in Hollywood, implications of mandatory residential schools, temporary treaties, wars, the (mis [...]


    5. Truth be told, I expected a little more than this out of Thomas King, " one of Canada's premier Native public intellectuals." (as described on the book's jacket). At the very least, we have a most disingenuous "account" of the "Indian" in North America -- but then we do have King's own apologia on the topic which at great length describes why this is an account, and not a history. Point well made, indeed, for he plays more than a little fast and loose with North American history as a whole.The h [...]


    6. ”[For] me at least, writing a novel is buttering warm toast, while writing a history is herding porcupines with your elbows.”I might never have read this book, had it not been a selection for my real-life book club. I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s novel The Back of the Turtle last year—it was one of my 5 star selections. His humour and style are both very appealing to me and reading it was like buttering warm toast. But I’m not much of a non-fiction history reader. I feel like I did [...]


    7. Just last week, CBC News announced it was closing comments on articles about indigenous peoples, because at the moment, it cannot guarantee sufficient moderation to sustain polite discourse. In addition to the usual trolls, some people were writing hate speech motivated by a misconception of the state of indigenous peoples in Canada. And while this is reprehensible, it probably shouldn’t be surprising. We white people are very good at ignoring indigenous people—until we want their land, that [...]


    8. A reader looking for a history of Native Americans in Canada and the United States (it is that) should be aware that this work is better labeled a book of essays written by a Native American focusing on the injustices that occurred after whites discovered the continent. And King does a good job of it. It’s a continuously bleak topic, but he interjects humorous asides and anecdotes to make it bearable. There will likely be many, many detractors arguing how opinionated King is, or that he didn [...]


    9. so Tom King (and i can call him that cause everyone in Guelph knows him as Tom rather than Thomas) is very upfront about the fact that this is a personal story for him. yes, he says, there are facts - documented 100% accurate historically-documented facts within The Inconvenient Indian .but . as a First Nations story-teller, he knows you will never get the whole picture from facts alone. and he is happy to add the filling between the facts a filling rich in his experiences and impressions and p [...]


    10. I have never read any of Thomas King's fiction. This is a curious omission, given how much I've liked the other media of his I've run across, from the Massey Lecture The Trouble With Stories to the halcyon days when the CBC Radio ran The Dead Dog Cafe. (The episode where Gracie and Jasper were writing political slogans will always be near and dear to my heart. I still know the Stockwell Day one off by heart.)Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enfor [...]


    11. Thomas King makes facts, if not palatable, readable. However, when I say "readable" I mean that you will no longer forget them AND they will change your way of looking at life, history and "Indians". This particular book should be required reading in all North American high schools. Rather than have a segment of curriculum in elementary school for the study of "Aboriginal peoples" what schools need to do is put King and Richard Wagamese on the required reading lists for all students. And dare I [...]


    12. In The Inconvenient Indian, Thomas King presents both a personal and historical view of the long history of Indian-white interactions in North America since the first explorations and settlements. Using historical facts, occasional humor, much appropriate irony in the face of events, and personal anecdotes, he presents an outline of 500 years of failed and broken compacts and treaties, attempts of varying success to, essentially, declare the Indian gone from this territory -- or at least remove [...]


    13. Not as good as I expected, given the buzz. Too bad, because there is a need for an accessible review of North American history from a Native perspective. Such a book could do much to engage Canadians and Americans with Native issues. Unfortunately, this book isn't that, and it can't seem to decide what it is. At times it reads like a light and sarcastic opinion piece, other times we get lists of names and historical places with too little context. The net result is a book too hollow to satisfy a [...]


    14. I'd give this one a 3.5*s easily becuase I learned A LOT from this book about Indians/First Nations/Aboriginal people of North America. I would certainly say that this was a good start point to indroduce me to a history of the continent and the people who live within it, but I did also feel a little bombarded with facts at some points of the book.This is a book put together by Thomas King - A native Indian. He wanted to show an overview of some of the atrocities and achievements for Aboriginal p [...]


    15. I wasn’t able to read the whole thing before my NetGalley loan expired, but a thorough skim convinced me that King’s is a witty, engaging cultural history of Native American and First Nations peoples. King is of Cherokee descent himself; he was born in California and lived in Alberta and Ontario before settling in Minnesota.If his tone occasionally comes across as cynical, can you blame him? The story of native peoples in North America is one of constant setbacks and broken promises. Educati [...]


    16. I read this book because it was a selection of my book club, otherwise I probably wouldn't have finished it. I had hoped for a unique perspective on the native situation in North America, maybe some suggestions on how it can be improved and, at least an entertaining read. Instead I got a condescending rant from a leftist, professional Indian who is groaning under the oppression of the "white man" in the midst of the ivy covered walls of Canadian academia. The Indians have suffered,horribly and u [...]


    17. Sure, the author knows his stuff, and certainly he shares his knowledge with wit and appealing style, but I'm left feeling that it is just the first chapter of the book I wanted to read. He seems to be tired by his tirade and has little energy left at the end for helping me understand what could be done now to move things in the right direction. I'm not sure, (and he'd dislike me for saying this) 'what it is he wants' and how he thinks we can get there.


    18. Thomas King's The Inconvenient Indian A Curious Account of Native People in North America just won this year's RBC Taylor Prize for literary nonfiction and I must confess that I find it a curious choice. Although the stories he shares are undoubtedly true, he prefaces the book by saying that this is not a conventional history because then he "would be obliged to pay attention to the demands of scholarship and work within an organized and clearly delineated chronology". It is, rather, "a series o [...]


    19. This book will bum you out. It should. The Inconvenient Indian is (quite explicitly) not a history text, but an account of Native People in North America; it is a book about the ramifications of colonization and the systemic way that white culture has worked to destroy North American Aboriginal culture, written by an author who states he is more comfortable with fiction. It is not a history text, King explains, because he doesn't feel the huge amount of research needed for one would help with th [...]


    20. I believe I had too high of expectations for this book. King is focused on giving the reader an overview on the history of false promises given to the native peoples of North America and also exploring the identity and expectations of identity of native peoples. I wanted more focused information I could readily recall in conversation to communicate the shitty situation America and Canada have created for the people who loved this land first. There was also more anger in this than I expected to f [...]


    21. King does not claim have furnished us with the authoritative account of the native people in North America from first contact on. He rather offers a different kind of report that points up the failure of Canadians and Americans to come to terms with its history and its continuing practices of systemic injustice. It is a commentary on the present offered in the form of historic narrative. Today Census Canada revealed that since the last census the aboriginal Canadian population has grown by 30% a [...]


    22. One-Minute ReviewThe Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America is a good old-fashioned romp through history. I don't mean by this that it's a slighting account of Native People or the almost always harmful government policies directed at them; I mean that Thomas King’s inclination is to slay historical taboos with the joyful abandon of a child swatting at dandelions with a stick. He doesn't dance around thorny issues but rather charges right at them. Despite this [...]


    23. The four stars here (instead of five) reflects my general distaste for non-fiction rather than the book's merits. For someone like me who doesn't read / doesn't usually like non-fiction, King made this a remarkably readable and moving book, despite the enormous complexity and scope of the topic. I really liked his circular approach to history, and how the book didn't follow a linear structure. It's a devastating book, but beautifully written in King's trademark casual, smart, tell-it-like-it-is [...]



    24. I don't often award a 5 star rating but this book was stellar. Thomas King somehow manages to take a deep look at both Canadian and American Native histories and distill them down into something manageable, engaging and often funny. I had heard of the title and knew it was one that I needed to get around to reading but I didn't pursue it until I saw it sitting on a featured books shelf at my library. As I flipped through the prologue, I was struck and carried away by King's masterful use of lang [...]


    25. Thomas King is a dangerous man: he is a story teller grounded in an indigenous tradition with more than a hint of coyote about him – which means his stories are deeply serious while they disrupt, unsettle and discombobulate much that is taken for granted. All this gets to make him one of Native America’s intellectuals and teachers. On top of that, he has all the credentials ‘newcomer’ society has at its disposal to mark an intellectual: PhD, scholarly writer and researcher and University [...]


    26. In Inconvenient Indian King takes an immensely complicated topic and distills it into something that's accessible, and not only that, he also makes it engaging and lively. The issue of Native-White relations is not something that you'd generally perceive as something that's lively. Heart wrenching, controversial, yes, but lively not so much. But King is one of a hell of a writer. He continually acknowledges the tough stuff but always demonstrates this with wit and the occasional sarcastic commen [...]


    27. First, what this book is not. It is not a scholarly, deeply researched, footnoted, annotated, dusty and turgidly written account of the treatment of the Native People (NP) in North America. The title may give a partial hint as to what this book is about, but again, that is not entirely accurate either. The book reads almost anecdotally as King tells stories, covers events and makes his points with an almost completely self-deprecating tone. I wish I could place this book into a neatly defined pl [...]


    28. Funny, but only because you'd cry if you didn't laugh. King's thesis is that North American Indians have always been -- and still are -- seen by the British, French, American, and Canadian governments as an inconvenience to be gotten rid of. In the section about who is and isn't considered an Indian (by both Whites and Natives) provided some absurd examples that I laughed out loud about as I read. Serious stuff that every informed North American should know. But before I scare you off, King does [...]


    29. Written in an entertaining way, but much like a Michael Moore movie, it's so filled with half truths that it becomes difficult to see what is real. I became more and more frustrated with the author's decision to gloss over important facts that would give a better picture to those who aren't familiar with many of these events (as a teacher of Aboriginal Studies in Canada, I am). When I read the reviews before buying the book I saw many critics but assumed them to be right wing crackpots. Now I re [...]


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