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The inconvenient Indian a curious account of native people in North… (urspr publ 2012; utgåvan 2012)

av Thomas King

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:The inconvenient Indian a curious account of native people in North America
Författare:Thomas King
Info:Toronto, Ontario : Doubleday Canada, 2012.
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The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America av Thomas King (2012)

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This is a scathing history of how Indians have been treated in their own land for the past few hundred years, told in the rambling style of an old man sitting by the campfire, with a heaping dose of gallows humor. The humor only barely softens the totally justifiable bitterness King has about how his people have been the victims of sustained and systemic genocide for 500 years.

The book is more or less a history, but King rebels against his colonizer's mode of doing history - the book is not in chronological order and doesn't really cite sources (although he talks about some of his sources enough that it would be easy to track them down) and blends personal anecdotes and humor with historical facts. It is very much told in his voice, and feels like he's sitting right there telling you about his history. It feels very personal. That makes it easy to feel the personal pain that King feels about centuries of broken treaties and blatantly racist policies.

Despite the conversational style and wry humor, this is not an easy read. It will make you angry and sad. It probably ought to be required reading for all white Americans and Canadians. ( )
  Gwendydd | Sep 5, 2020 |
King's anger is so palpable and contagious and couched in such perfect sarcasm. ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
This book is a must-read for everyone in North America. Thomas King, who is of Cherokee descent, illustrates, through his own experience and the stories of the past, how Native Americans and Canadian Indigenous people have continually been marginalized, treated as second-class citizens, and discriminated against into the present day. He deftly illustrates how history is just the story that we tell ourselves about the past, talks about the portrayal of Native Americans in popular culture, and how it is simply not possible to move forward while ignoring the past. King writes crisply, clearly, and with plenty of deadpan wit. This wit is demonstrated, among other places, in his introduction, where he explains how the title of the book came about and his thought processes while putting it all together. Throughout the book, he plays with the traditional sort of “historical non-fiction” book format by including commentary from his wife and his son about what he’s writing. It’s delightfully meta and works really well, and is a special treat for those of us who’ve enjoyed his books such as Green Grass, Running Water, where he also plays with storytelling and narrative. But this book is not a trifle: in addition to being deadpan witty, it is powerful and angry, sorrowful and disappointed, cynical but at the same time hopeful. I highly recommend this book. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jul 2, 2020 |
Continuing on Native American Heritage Month thought I should finally read this, which I've had in my pile of books for awhile now. The book is a history, a commentary, a criticism of written history, etc. King discusses the perceptions of Natives, the incorrect history, the erasure, what many Natives and Indigenous people want, etc.

Sometimes the book is really great. King can be hilarious, insightful, cutting, perceptive, profound, etc. Sometimes all in the same paragraph. He lays out a lot of hard truths and takes apart a lot of previously held (maybe still held) beliefs about Natives peoples in North America.

And honestly? Sometimes the book clearly needs more editing. It can be rambly, go very deep into very specific topics that I'm not sure the regular person really understands (I don't!). Sometimes it does read as a bit ranty (but it's understandable why that is!!) which makes it tough.

It's not a bad read but it's also not the easiest. Recommend a library borrow and be prepared to sit with it as it's not the lightest to get through. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Nov 8, 2019 |
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. ( )
  ainjel | Jun 20, 2019 |
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The book Canadians are snapping up hardly paints them in a flattering light. King’s tone is breezy and light, full of funny stories and self-deprecating jokes, but just below that geniality lies a deep reservoir of bitterness over the treatment of Indians in Canada and the United States that continues on to this day. White North Americans, he argues, prefer their Indians noble, primitive, and safely extinct, and actual, live Indians who stubbornly insist on their rights as an independent people they regard as at best a troublesome nuisance.
 
It’s a mistake to expect a scholarly history of Native Americans—though Thomas King certainly has he chops to write it—but what we get instead is something only King could do: an historical and cultural memoir, packed with facts and using narrative as it is best used. ... A bit lighter in tone than Vine Deloria Jr.’s Custer Died for Your Sins, The Inconvenient Indian is also fully rooted in the 21st century, with discussion of contemporary Native American practices and culture.
tillagd av KelMunger | ändraLit/Rant, Kel Munger (Sep 18, 2013)
 
The Inconvenient Indian is less an indictment than a reassurance that we can create equality and harmony. A powerful, important book.
 
Novelist Thomas King describes his brilliantly insightful, peevish book about native people in North America as a “a series of conversations and arguments that I’ve been having with myself and others for most of my adult life.” Making no excuses for the intrusion of his own personal biases and the book’s lack of footnotes, King suggests we view The Inconvenient Indian not as history, but as storytelling “fraught with history.”
tillagd av Nickelini | ändraQuill and Quire (Nov 1, 2012)
 
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. - See more at: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-...
 
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A great many people in North America believe that Canada and the United States, in a moment of inexplicable generosity, gave treaty rights to Native people as a gift. Of course, anyone familiar with the history of Indians in North America knows that Native people paid for every treaty right, and in some cases, paid more than once. The idea that either country gave First Nations something for free is horseshit.
Sorry. I should have been more polite and said "anyone familiar with Native history knows this is in error," or "knows that this is untrue," but, frankly, I'm tired of correcting people. I could have said "bullshit," which is a more standard North American expletive, but, as Sherman Alexie (Spokane-Coeur d'Alene) reminds us in his poem "How to Write the Great American Indian Novel," "real" Indians come from a horse culture. (70)
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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.

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