HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE:


HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE:

DAVID TREUER    Book Number: 91356    Product format: Hardback

For over a century it has been generally accepted that Native American history essentially ended in 1890 with the massacre of up to 300 Native men, women and children at Wounded Knee at the hands of the US Cavalry, although in reality the US Government and Army had been forcibly repressing the tribes ever since their triumph over Custer at Little Big Horn in 1876. But, growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Montana, training as an anthropologist and researching Native life for his works of nonfiction and novels, David Treuer began to uncover a quite different narrative. Because of the American Indians' intense struggles to preserve their culture and very existence, the story is in fact one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. Treuer begins with a history of Natives from 10,000BCE to 1890, focussing particularly on early settlements and the first interactions with Europeans and detailed descriptions of pivotal events. He then melds the history of the next 120 years with reportage and memoir, separating the period into six "eras", from losing everything post Wounded Knee through to the "Digital Indian" of today, and showing how the depredations of each period spawned increasingly sophisticated legal and political manoeuvring, how assimilation of children into state-run boarding schools gave birth to a unifying Native identity and how conscription and the pull of urban life brought First Nations Indians into the mainstream and promoted self-rule and inspired a new generation of resistance and pride. A wide-ranging yet intimate, personal examination of a resilient people in a fast-changing century. 512pp, b/w illus. Apologies for tiny remainder mark.
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ISBN 9781594633157
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