A revised and updated edition of a modern classic offers answers to
nearly 200 essential and thought-provoking questions about the Native
people of North America.
What have you always wanted to know
about Indians? Do you feel like you should already know the answers—or
are concerned that your questions may be offensive? For more than a
decade, Anton Treuer's clear, candid, and informative book has answered
questions for tens of thousands of readers. This revised edition both
revisits old questions from a new perspective and expands on topics that
have become increasingly relevant over the past decade, including
activism and tribal enrollment; truth and reconciliation efforts; gender
roles and identities in Indigenous communities; the status of Alaskan
Natives and Canadian First Nations; and much more.
Ojibwe scholar and cultural preservationist, addresses nearly 200
questions on a range of topics—questions that are thoughtful and
outrageous, modern and historical, and always interesting.
—What are we supposed to call North America's first people?
—Can white people dance at powwows?
—What's the point of land acknowledgments?
—Does tribal sovereignty mean that tribes can offer abortion services in states where it is now otherwise illegal?
frank, funny, and sometimes personal prose, this book cuts through
myths, guilt, and anger and builds a foundation for true understanding
and positive action.
“Straightforward, fascinating, funny, and often wise, Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask
is a wonderful resource for non-Indians and Indians too. (There are
plenty of things we want to know about each other.) It is that rare
thing—an informational and entertaining read.” -Louise Erdrich
The original edition sold more than 55,000 copies in print and e-book formats.
Updated and expanded to include recent social movements and changes
relating to Indian Country, including Standing Rock, national politics
(e.g., Deb Haaland), pop culture (e.g., Reservation Dogs), Supreme Court rulings regarding tribal sovereignty, and tribal land repatriation.