A New History of Native Americans Responds to ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’

26 Jan

“The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee,” by David Treuer (Ojibwe), examines … recent generations of American Indian history. Through memoir, interviews and extensive reading, Treuer counters the familiar narratives of invisibility that have so readily frozen America’s indigenous peoples. Interweaving stories from family members, the voices of policymakers and assessments of contemporary youth culture, the book introduces alternative visions of American history. The result is an informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait of “Indian survival, resilience, adaptability, pride and place in modern life.” Rarely has a single volume in Native American history attempted such comprehensiveness.

So observes historian Ned Blackhawk about David Treuer’s new history of Native Americans. You may read the entire book review at the New York Times here.

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