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The Inconvenient Indian

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Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, The Inconvenient Indian distills the insights gleaned from Thomas King's critical and personal meditation on what it means to be "Indian" in North America, 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 essential account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future.

  • Author: Thomas King
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 13.16 x 2.29 x 20.29 cm