Archive for May, 2016

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

May 12, 2016

“Most of us think history is the past. It’s Not. History is the stories we tell about the past.” – Thomas King

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North AmericaDid history happen the way we were taught it happened, or is there a different truth? The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King explores the inconsistencies in stories told behind historical events; these stories are woven into an account of his own personal experiences.

The Inconvenient Indian is an important book to read. It is one of the recommended readings that came out of a recent Red Deer workshop that explored Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America is the current selection for the Quiet Book Club, an initiative of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). We invite you to read the book and join us at our next meeting to share how the book has impacted you personally or professionally.

The Quiet Book Club
June 7, 2016 from 12-1 pm
Room 1009 (The Living Room)

The Inconvenient Indian is part of the RDC Library Collection.

Book Reviews

“The truth, as it were, lies somewhere between what is taught and what is endured by indigenous people themselves.”
Read the book review by author Richard Wagamese

“Have you ever really looked at history and the stories behind them? Do you question if these stories are fact or myth or accept them as the absolute truth? You would like to think that what you are reading in your history books is truth, but…”
Read the book review by Christine McFarlane

Recommended Reading from RDC Library

New Words Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

May 5, 2016

It’s been a while since we posted about new words being added to the Oxford English Dictionary.  The OED, which bills itself as “the definitive record of the English language” is cool because it’s a historical dictionary; it contains not only the current definition and usage of a word, but also tells you where it originated and how its meaning has shifted over time.  It’s also updated quarterly so that it stays current with words such as “bro-hug.”

Check out the new words list and the notes explaining the new words.  And if all of this is really exciting to you, consider signing up for the OED Word of the Day, delivered to you by email (you’ll see the link on the right side of their website).