Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, The Inconvenient Indian distills the insights gleaned from Thomas King's critical and personal mediation 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 the 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 indispenisable account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future.
Awards and Critical Reviews
Winner - 2014 RBC Taylor Prize
Finalist - 2013 Trillium Award
Finalist - 2013 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction
Nominated for the Canadian Booksellers Association's Non-Fiction Book of the Year
"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 more so." - Joseph Boyden, author
"The Inconvenient Indian exposes and makes accessible, perhaps for the first time, our perspective of events that have shaped this continent. King is reclaiming our true lived experience in the tradition of our storytellers and artists. He brings humour, razor sharp analysis and insight, compelling every reader to confront the uncomfortable and urgent reality of our peoples today. His voice makes a fundamental contribution to the effort required to engage in understanding and respect for a dignified and just way forward for all who today call this land home." - Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
"...It is essential reading for everyone who cares about Canada and who seeks to understand native people, their issues and their dreams... The Inconvenient Indian is less an indictment than a reassuranace that we can create equality and harmony. A powerful, important book." - The Globe and Mail
About the Author
Thomas King is a multiple award-winning author of Cherokee, Greek, and German descent, and is currently chair of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. His short stories have been widely published throughout the United States and Canada, and a film, based on his much acclaimed first novel Medicine River, has been made for television. In 2004, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.