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Better Dead Than Alive? 'The Inconvenient Indian' Takes a Seriously Funny Look at Native History

By Hans Tammemagi
Indian Country Today Media Network

king_inconvenient coverIndians are most "inconvenient" when they are … alive.

This stark, sardonic theme lurks beneath the narrative of Thomas King’s latest book, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (Doubleday Canada, 2012; University of Minnesota Press, 2013).

King stuffs the book with gems such as, “Christianity is the gateway drug to supply-side capitalism,” noting that the work is an expression of “a conversation I've been having with myself and others for most of my adult life.”

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