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Santa Fe New Mexican reviews The Inconvenient Indian

By Casey Sanchez
Santa Fe New Mexican

king_inconvenient coverA runaway bestseller in Canada, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America has yet to catch on in the United States. Author Thomas King, widely known up north for his writings on First Nations and for his provocative political humor as host of the CBC Radio series The Dead Dog Café Hour, has packed in all the polemics of Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and delivered it with the nonstop rollicking black humor that would be the envy of Sherman Alexie or the late Vine Deloria.

A novelist and screenwriter by trade, King may have skipped the footnotes, but he crams a whole 500 years of contact between Indians and whites inside a uniquely personal approach to history. He mixes discussions of law and policy with a history of forgotten massacres, acts of resistance, and an ambidextrous narrative of how Native peoples fared under North American colonialism.

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