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The heartbeat of Wounded Knee : native America from 1890 to the present / David Treuer.

Treuer, David, author. (Author).
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 970.0049 TRE (Text) 33500012999165 New Checked out 05/09/2019
Mahnomen Public Library 970.0049 TRE (Text) 33500012999157 New On holds shelf -

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  • ISBN: 9781594633157
  • ISBN: 1594633150
  • Physical Description: 512 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 461-488) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Narrating the apocalypse : 10,000 BCE-1890 -- Purgatory : 1891-1934 -- Fighting life : 1914-1945 -- Moving on up, termination and relocation : 1945-1970 -- Becoming Indian : 1970-1990 -- Boom city : tribal capitalism in the twenty-first century -- Digital Indians : 1990-2018.
Summary, etc.: The received idea of Native American history--as promulgated by books like Dee Brown's mega-bestselling 1970 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee--has been that American Indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Not only did one hundred fifty Sioux die at the hands of the U. S. Cavalry, the sense was, but Native civilization did as well. Growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching Native life past and present for his nonfiction and novels, David Treuer has uncovered a different narrative. Because they did not disappear--and not despite but rather because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, their traditions, their families, and their very existence--the story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes' distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don't know or care about property. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 November #2
    *Starred Review* Treuer—acclaimed author (Prudence, 2015), professor, and Ojibwe from the Leech Lake reservation in northern Minnesota—here offers his own very personal "counternarrative" to the depressing story of defeated, hopeless Native Americans depicted in Dee Brown's 1970 classic, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Treuer methodically guides the reader along the path of Native history since that 1890 massacre, highlighting not just the ways in which treaties were ignored, or how the disastrous policy of assimilation was aimed at wiping out centuries of culture and language, or the drastic reduction of Indian landholdings resulting from the Dawes Act of 1877, but focusing instead on how each of these assaults on everything indigenous people held dear actually led to their strong resolve not only to survive but to emerge reenergized. Native participation in World Wars I and II, the termination policy and subsequent Relocation Act, the migration to cities, the rise and fall of the American Indian Movement, the growth of tribal capitalism engendered by tribal sovereignty—each of these phenomena is embellished not only by Treuer's extensive documentation but also by anecdotes populated by members of his own family and longtime friends from Leech Lake. His scholarly reportage of these 125 years of Native history thus comes to vivid life for every reader. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. The author of four previous novels, most recently Prudence, and two books of nonfiction, he has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate, and The Washington Post, among others. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

Subject: Indians of North America > History.
Indians of North America.
HISTORY / Native American.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil Rights.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies.
Indians of North America > History.
Genre: History.

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