Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Askby Anton Treuer
“I had a profoundly well-educated Princetonian ask me, ‘Where is your tomahawk?’ I had a beautiful woman approach me in the college gymnasium and exclaim, ‘You have the most beautiful red skin.’ I took a friend to see Dances with Wolves and was told, ‘Your people have a beautiful culture.’ . . . I made many lifelong friends
“I had a profoundly well-educated Princetonian ask me, ‘Where is your tomahawk?’ I had a beautiful woman approach me in the college gymnasium and exclaim, ‘You have the most beautiful red skin.’ I took a friend to see Dances with Wolves and was told, ‘Your people have a beautiful culture.’ . . . I made many lifelong friends at college, and they supported but also challenged me with questions like, ‘Why should Indians have reservations?’ ”
What have you always wanted to know about Indians? Do you think you should already know the answersor suspect that your questions may be offensive? In matterof-fact responses to over 120 questions, both thoughtful and outrageous, modern and historical, Ojibwe scholar and cultural preservationist Anton Treuer gives a frank, funny, and sometimes personal tour of what’s up with Indians, anyway.
• What is the real story of Thanksgiving?
• Why are tribal languages important?
• What do you think of that incident where people died in a sweat lodge?
White/Indian relations are often characterized by guilt and anger. Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask cuts through the emotion and builds a foundation for true understanding and positive action.
Anton Treuer, author of The Assassination of Hole in the Day and many other books on Ojibwe history and language, received an Ambassador Award in 2011 from Facing Race: We’re All in This Together, an initiative of the St. Paul Foundation. All around Minnesota, Treuer has given scores of public lectures and been asked hundreds of questionsmany like the ones in this book.
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Where do I begin. Read the book. It is written from a Native American prospective. I am a non-native american. I have known of some of the injustices done to native americans but I had my eyes opened regarding "white history." I think every educator should read this book. Come on America wake up.
I am a non-native person who grew up in the area that this author grew up in. I have seen from the other side the unfortunate divide in this area that he speaks about, regarding non-native and native peoples. I read this book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. My only regret was that I was hoping for some more elaboration on some parents. My assumption as this was a bit intentional, to get people to educate themselves moe thoroughly. As someone who sees myself as fairly open-minded and aware, this was a true eye opener. I will definitely read his other books.
That is my fathers book.