Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong (Indigenous Americas) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
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In this rigorously insightful collection of essays written between 1992 to 2008, Smith, a wry, sharp-edged cultural critic, and associate curator for the NMAI, addresses the myriad ironic complexities of American Indian reality. --Washington Post (added by author)
- ASIN : B00IK7WPUI
- Publisher : Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2009)
- Publication date : May 1, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1569 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 208 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #557,754 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In the earlier parts of the book he discusses how the idea of "Indians" didn't exist until the Europeans arrived. Before that time the Americas was divided up between nations, much as Europe was. There were conflicts between nations, and boundaries changed with time, but that also happened in Europe. It was the Europeans who imposed the idea that all natives were one group of primitive people divided into "tribes", rather than a kaleidoscope of cultures similar to the situation in Europe.
[Note: For an outstanding book on what the Americas were really like before the landing of Columbus, and how the nations of the new world fell, see "1491" by Charles C. Mann, an outstanding book.]
He continues on to explain, often quite amusingly, how movies and other media formed a popular but inaccurate image of native people. (Crazy Horse was nicknamed "Curly" as a kid?!)
Next Smith talks about his involvement with the American Indian Movement. For those who lived through the era, it provides another viewpoint. (A dysfunctional take, by the way.) For younger readers it can serve a brief primer on ancient history.
Then he move into contemporary Indian art. I'll just say I have different tastes than the author, especially regarding performance art.
In the end he returns to the dichotomy between how Indians are viewed and how they really live.
There are parts of this book I really enjoyed, and parts where I disagreed with the author. But it's a short book, and a personal one, and his voice deserves to be heard. If the subject interests you, go ahead and read it. Even when you disagree you'll be forced to think.