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The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative - Thomas King
The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative
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"Stories are wondrous things. And they are dangerous." In The Truth About Stories, Native novelist and scholar Thomas King explores how stories shape who we are and how we understand and interact with other people. From creation stories to personal experiences, historical anecdotes to social... show more
"Stories are wondrous things. And they are dangerous." In The Truth About Stories, Native novelist and scholar Thomas King explores how stories shape who we are and how we understand and interact with other people. From creation stories to personal experiences, historical anecdotes to social injustices, racist propaganda to works of contemporary Native literature, King probes Native culture's deep ties to storytelling. With wry humor, King deftly weaves events from his own life as a child in California, an academic in Canada, and a Native North American with a wide-ranging discussion of stories told by and about Indians. So many stories have been told about Indians, King comments, that "there is no reason for the Indian to be real. The Indian simply has to exist in our imaginations." That imaginative Indian that North Americans hold dear has been challenged by Native writers - N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louis Owens, Robert Alexie, and others - who provide alternative narratives of the Native experience that question, create a present, and imagine a future. King reminds the reader, Native and non-Native, that storytelling carries with it social and moral responsibilties. "Don't say in the years to come that you would have lived your life differently if only you had heard this story. You've heard it now."
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780887846960 (0887846963)
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Pages no: 180
Edition language: English
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Garden-of-Stars
Garden-of-Stars rated it
3.0 The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative (Massey Lectures)
To be clear about it, this is one of the books everyone in the IB program must read so there will be a bunch that I read not because I want to but because I HAVE to.The premise of the book is pretty good but I'm not a particular fan of First Nations and reading their history and issues. King present...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
5.0 Brilliant.
All the Massey Lecture books are worthwhile, but this is particularly wonderful. Indeed, I found it a brilliant, perspective-changing book. It should certainly be required reading for anyone who cares about stories, First Nations people, history, religion or politics (and particularly the Idle No Mo...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
5.0
All the Massey Lecture books are worthwhile, but this is particularly wonderful. Indeed, I found it a brilliant, perspective-changing book. It should certainly be required reading for anyone who cares about stories, First Nations people, history, religion or politics (and particularly the Idle No Mo...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
5.0 The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative (Indigenous Americas)
All the Massey Lecture books are worthwhile, but this is particularly wonderful. Indeed, I found it a brilliant, perspective-changing book. It should certainly be required reading for anyone who cares about stories, First Nations people, history, religion or politics (and particularly the Idle No ...
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