Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian offers a penetrating, provocative look at the history of North American Indian-white relations in North America. It focuses on government efforts to remove and relocate Native peoples and white efforts to exterminate and assimilate them. It contrasts popular perceptions of what King calls “Dead Indians,” the romantic reminders of a largely fictional past (“dignified, noble, silent, suitably garbed”), and “Live Indians,” contemporary and contemptible (“invisible, unruly, disappointing”). And, to explain the complexities of Native resistance and reinvention, it offers a concluding chapter titled “What Indians Want.”
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A Note from Loren Ghiglione, One Book One Northwestern Faculty Chair
I can’t think of better way to start the week and enjoy the winter weather than to learn how to tap maple trees and make maple syrup. Monday night we are hosting an information session from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Annenberg Hall in room G21. Come by to learn how you can participate.
Wednesday, Feb. 10 will be busy. Northwestern English professor Kelly Wisecup will lecture on Epidemics and Native American Literature from 12 – 1 pm at University hall in room 201. This program is co-sponsored by IPD, Global Health Studies, English and History. The fun continues later in the day, when the Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance presents Frank Waln. Waln is an award winning Sicangu Lakota hip hop artist, producer and performer. His work focuses on self-empowerment and the pursuit of dreams. The presentation and performance will be in Harris Hall 107 at 7 pm. We hope to see you there.
We will finish out the week with a Workshop on Indigeneity on Friday, Feb. 12 from 12 – 3:00 pm in Parkes Hall, room 223. The workshop will be led by History Professor Forrest Hylton with CINAS and Ethnic Studies Graduate Student Colloquium.
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