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The heartbeat of Wounded Knee : native America from 1890 to the present

Treuer, David (author.).

Summary: The received idea of Native American history -- as promulgated by books like Dee Brown's 1970 mega-bestselling 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, 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. 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 U.S. 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 intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era.

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  • ISBN: 1594633150
  • ISBN: 9781594633157
  • Physical Description: print
    512 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 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.
Subject: Indians of North America History 20th century
Indians of North America Social conditions 20th century
HISTORY / Native American
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
Indians of North America History 20th century
Indians of North America History 21st century
Indians of North America Government relations
Indians of North America
Indians of North America History
Genre: Fiction.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Northwest Indian College.


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