The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/13/2008
  • Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr

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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 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."

Author Biography

Thomas King is the author of Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water; and a collection of short stories, One Good Story, That One. In 2003, he was the first Native North American to deliver Canada's Prestigious Massey Lectures. The Truth About Stories won Canada's highest literary honor, the Trillium Award, in the same year. He is professor of English at the University of Guelph.

Table of Contents

"You'll Never Believe What Happened" Is Always a Great Way to Start
You're Not the Indian I Had in Mind
Let Me Entertain You
A Million Porcupines Crying in the Dark
What Is It About Us That You Don't Like?
Afterwords: Private Stories
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