Book Review, Canadian Literature, History, Indigenous, Indigenous literature, Native American, non-fiction, North America, review, The Inconvenient Indian, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, Thomas King
But most Canadians, like most Americans, have a shockingly poor grasp of their own history. Dates, people, the large and small nuances of events have all been reduced to the form and content of Classic Comics. This isn’t a complaint. It’s an acknowledgment that people are busy with other things and generally glance at the past only on holidays” – The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, Thomas King
Initial thoughts: When I was assigned this non-fiction account of Indigenous people in North America, all I could think was… oh great. I usually don’t read many non-fiction books . I know I should, but generally, my heart gravitates towards fiction. This book really surprised me in many ways.
Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian provides a portrait on the treatment of Indigenous people in the past and present. King’s book touches on all aspects of how Indigenous people are viewed by society such as in the media, popular culture, the government, and in Indigenous communities.