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EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT INDIANS IS WRONG event at the Walker Art Center with Paul Chaat Smith

When Aug 31, 2017
from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl., Bentson Mediatheque, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Smith_Everything coverPaul Chaat Smith will be at the Walker Art Center on Thursday, August 31 at 6:30 for a talk about his book, Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong.


In this sweeping work of memoir and commentary, leading cultural critic Paul Chaat Smith illustrates with dry wit and brutal honesty the contradictions of life in “the Indian business.” In his journey from fighting activist to federal employee, Smith tells us he has discovered at least two things: there is no one true representation of the American Indian experience, and even the best of intentions sometimes ends in catastrophe.


"In Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong, Paul Chaat Smith pulls no punches and delivers not a few body blows. Smith’s clear and at times sardonic voice expresses everything Indians might have wanted to say but up to now didn’t feel they could. Through references to contemporary and popular touchstones he sweeps away generations of sentimentality, nostalgic and accommodation that mark the relationship of Indians to the mainstream. We may flinch at his analyses where there are no innocents, no villains, but we cannot hide. Smith pushes the ‘minority experience’ past victimhood and infantilization to self-agency and determination." —Lowery Stokes Sims, curator, Museum of Arts and Design