The inconvenient Indian : curious account of Native People in North America

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The inconvenient Indian : curious account of Native People in North America

Monthly Meetup event of the Toronto Non-Fiction Book Club (online)

By Toronto Non-fiction Book Club

When and where

Date and time

Thursday, April 20 · 3:30 - 5:30pm PDT



About this event

  • 2 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Book description

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.

Event description

  • We meet to discuss the book after having read it beforehand.
  • A facilitator guides the discussion ensuring that everyone has a chance to speak, one person at a time.
  • A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days prior to the meeting.

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