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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present (Paperback)

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Melding history with reportage and memoir, Treuer traces the tribes’ distinctive cultures from first contact, exploring how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival.

The devastating seizures of land gave rise to sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don’t know or care about property.

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A New York Times bestseller: The 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 it 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, one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention.

Melding history with reportage and memoir, Treuer traces the tribes’ distinctive cultures from first contact, exploring how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to 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, 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.

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ISBN 9780399573194
Length (cm) 14.0000
Width (cm) 4.0000
Height (cm) 21.0000
Publisher Riverhead Books
Publication Date Nov 5, 2019
Pages (number) 528
Genre History, Politics, and Social Sciences
Author David Treuer
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Format Paperback
Editorial Reviews

"[Treuer's] scholarly reportage of these 125 years of Native history...comes to vivid life for every reader."- Booklist (starred)

"Treuer chronicles the long histories of Native North America, showing the transformation and endurance of many nations. All American history collections will benefit from this important work by an important native scholar."- Library Journal (starred)

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