“Most of us think history is the past. It’s Not. History is the stories we tell about the past.” – Thomas King
Did 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.
“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
- Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
- The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King
- Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
- The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew
- Celia’s Song by Lee Maracle
- Reel Injun by National Film Board of Canada
- Up Ghost River: A Chief’s Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History by Edmund Metatawabin (request via NEOS)