The Truth About Stories

The Truth About Stories

A Native Narrative

eBook - 2003
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Winner of the 2003 Trillium Book Award

"Stories are wondrous things," award-winning author and scholar Thomas King declares in his 2003 CBC Massey Lectures. "And they are dangerous."

Beginning with a traditional Native oral story, King weaves his way through literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture and social protest, gracefully elucidating North America's relationship with its Native peoples.

Native culture has deep ties to storytelling, and yet no other North American culture has been the subject of more erroneous stories. The Indian of fact, as King says, bears little resemblance to the literary Indian, the dying Indian, the construct so powerfully and often destructively projected by White North America. With keen perception and wit, King illustrates that stories are the key to, and only hope for, human understanding. He compels us to listen well.

Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780887848957
0887848958
Characteristics: 1 online resource (172 p.)

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The troubled relationship between North America and its Native peoples is revealed in this powerful and insightful read. Thomas King combines literature, history, religion, politics and more to construct a story that resists the false narratives about Native culture that persist to this day.

The troubled relationship between North America and its Native peoples is revealed in this powerful and insightful read from the Massey Lecture series. Awrd-winning author, Thomas King, combines literature, history, religion, politics and more to construct a story that resists the false narrativ... Read More »


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Sep 25, 2018

I'm always left wanting more when I finish a Thomas King book. I find his books funny, poignant, illuminating, thought-provoking and a joy to read. I wish there were a hundred more by him.

This book has been added to my list of books that have changed the way I see the world profoundly. Mr. King tells stories from the distant past, the near past, and the future in such a way that it is hard to tell the difference between the settings. What I do with these stories is up to me, but I can never say I would have lived my life differently if I had heard his stories.

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