Inconvenient Indian, TheKing, Thomas
Pesky Redskins or Inconvenient Indians? Academic Thomas King weighed up both titles settling on the latter to better convey his perspective on the relationship, past and present, between ''‘Indians' and 'Whites' in North America. With land at the heart of the matter, the author delves into the history of the colonisation of Canada and the United States to examine the dysfunctional relationship that eventuated.
Rounded out with the story of indigenous resistance and the place of Indians in popular culture and tempered with wry humour and insight, this is a forthright and thought-provoking account that will resonate with New Zealand readers.
Comments from GroupsThe author's writing style made a challenging topic accessible. Our discussion was wide ranging - and we learnt much we didn't know from reading this book. Wellington 194 This was not an easy book to read - far too much detail, and rather too full of negativity - though we supposed that there wasn't much about colonization to be positive or cheerful about, for indigenous people! Whangarei 004 A scholarly account of Indians and their history in Canada and the US. While being enlightened by many aspects and appalled by white abrogation of treaties and agreements, we appreciated his individual style of telling history, tongue in cheek. His humour managed to bring some levity into the narratives and add to our geographical knowledge as well. Picton 002 A challenging book for many members, and made us angry and sad. Many parallels with New Zealand. Most were pleased we had read it, but would not recommend it to others...Wanaka 013 Very diverse views! A good robust discussion. Some found the book too negative, sarcastic and text-book like, but others enjoyed the ironic approach, the humour and informative insights!! Educational and provocative. Geraldine 006 The book generated brisk discussion and heaps of further insights into possible occurences. Compelling! One we were hugely motivated to complete. Brilliant author! Picton 002