FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 ANDREW
CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Named a best book
of 2019 by The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, NPR, Hudson
Booksellers, The New York Public Library, The Dallas Morning News, and
Library Journal. Chapter after chapter, it's like one shattered myth after
another. - NPR An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait... Treuer's
powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of
American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation's
past.. - New York Times Book Review, front page A sweeping history--and
counter-narrative--of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre
to the present. 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.

David Treuer—The Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee - Native America From 1890 To The Pr

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