The Inconvenient Indian

A Curious Account of Native People in North America

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Publisher Description

WINNER of the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize
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.
This is a book both timeless and timely, burnished with anger but tempered by wit, and ultimately a hard-won offering of hope -- a sometimes inconvenient, but nonetheless indispensable account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future.

November 13
Doubleday Canada
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

Afterthekidsleave ,

Subversive, brilliant

I couldn't agree less with the previous reviewer. I too read the book in two days, and was completely absorbed and fascinated. King peels back the layers of deception and broken treaties and reveals an ugly, indisputable truth: Indian history has never been about Indians. It's always been about Whites.

This isn't a "history" in the academic sense--it's a gathering and juxtaposition of facts, a revealing look at the underlying attitudes that have shaped the "Indian question" since the earliest days of European contact. If you're looking for footnotes, look elsewhere. If you're looking for reality, come on in.

kylegoestowhitecastle ,

Have no fear

An excellent account that manages to dissect a heavy subject matter and leave no stone unturned in its supporting evidence. Humour, wit, and personal anecdotes keep the pages turning even when King gets into the nitty-gritty.

Diureadthis ,

Actually read book

This is a highly intelligent explanation of First Nations gripes in Canada and provides interested Canadians with the context and perspectives of those they largely misunderstand. A thoughtful and helpful account of the history from the First Nations perspective to assist us in understanding how we got to where we are today on both sides of the table. Reviews by FRSKY provide those considering the book a taste of the ignorance faced by Aboriginals. While quoting Trudeau, the reviewer ignores the most important part of the Trudeau quote in that he is comparing "Indians" with those who came here. That's just it... Indians were already here. Somewhat different than Trudeau wrongly asserted. In terms of Trudeau's blanket statement about First Nations land rights and entitlements? A convenient view given the fact Trudeau was at the helm of the Defendant in land claims. History's in fact cleared that up and proved such statements wrong through recent historic Supreme Court of Canada decisions. the issue here for the reader is about the readers motives. If you wish to learn, be enlightened and presented the perspective of the other guy... And through witty prose... Then this is the book for you. This is the book that answers the question: what are the Indians so upset about? What is their problem? You might not like the answer.

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