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House of Anansi Press

The Truth About Stories

A Native Narrative CBC Massey Lectures

Written by Thomas King

Published November 01, 2003 | ISBN 9780887848957
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / Native American Studies

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208 pages
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About this book

The Truth About Stories

A Native Narrative

CBC Massey Lectures

Thomas King

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.

About the Author

Thomas King

Thomas King is an author and Professor of English at the University of Guelph, teaching Native Literature and Creative Writing.

Awards and Praise
  • Winner Trillium Book Award, 2004