HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE: Native America from 1890

HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE: Native America from 1890

DAVID TREUER    Book Number: 88040    Product format: Hardback

David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. Trained as an anthropologist and researching Native American life for his non-fiction and novels, he began to uncover a different narrative. Not despite but rather because of American Indians' intense struggles to preserve their tribes, their cultures and their very existence, the true story has been one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. The received idea of Native American history has been that the American Indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Not only did more than 150 Sioux die at the hands of the US Cavalry, but Native civilisation did as well. Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir to explore how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to an increasingly sophisticated legal and political manoeuvring. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream, and at the same time steered the emerging shape of self-rule and inspired a new generation of resistance. The Lakota attempted to throw out the gold-seekers and enforce the terms of a treaty and that led directly to the Battle of the Little Big Horn, where Custer and the Seventh Cavalry were wiped out. But without the bison, the Lakota and other plains tribes could not hope to survive and the reservations might have been designed as prisons. With harrowing pictures of massed graves and buffalo kills waiting to be ground up for use in china and as fertilizer. Maps and illus, 512pp. A New York Times bestseller.
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