The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee : Native America from 1890 to the Present
Finalist, National Book Awards 2019 for Nonfiction
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Nonfiction 2020 Finalist
Author: David Treuer
Published:5 Nov 2019
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Named a best book of 2019 byThe New York Times,TIME,The Washington Post,NPR,Hudson Booksellers,The New York Public Library,The Dallas Morning News,andLibrary Journal.
“Chapter after chapter, it’s like one shattered myth after another.” – NPR
“An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait… Treuer’s powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation’s past..” – New York Times Book Review, front page
A sweeping history–and counter-narrative–of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.
The received idea of Native American history–as promulgated by books like Dee Brown’s mega-bestselling 1970 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee–has been that American Indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Not only did one hundred fifty Sioux die at the hands of the U.
S. Cavalry, the sense was, but Native civilization did as well.
Growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching Native life past and present for his nonfiction and novels, David Treuer has uncovered a different narrative.
Because they did not disappear–and not despite but rather because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, their traditions, their families, and their very existence–the story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention.
In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes’ distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival.