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

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The heartbeat of Wounded Knee : native America from 1890 to the present
2019
Place Published: 
New York
Publisher: 
Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
ISBN: 
9781594633157
Edition: 
Description: 
512 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Notes: 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 461-488) and index.
"The received idea of Native American history has been that it essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee: Not only did more than 150 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 for his nonfiction and his novels, David Treuer began to uncover a different narrative. Not despite but rather because of American Indians' intense struggles to preserve their tribes, their cultures, and their very existence, the true story has been one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. In [this book], Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir to explore 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. The forced assimilation of children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and at the same time steered the emerging shape of self-rule and inspired a new generation of resistance. [This] is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative epoch."--Dust jacket.
Author: 
David Treuer
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