The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer audiobook

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

By David Treuer
Read by Tanis Parenteau

Penguin Audio
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    ISBN: 9780525626893

FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Named a best book of 2019 by The New York Times, TIMEThe Washington Post, NPRHudson BooksellersThe New York Public LibraryThe Dallas Morning News, and Library 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. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don't know or care about property. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era.

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Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction

Shortlisted for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

New York Times bestseller

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Civil Rights and Liberties

A Barack Obama Reading List Pick of Favorite Books of 2019

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A Midwest Indie Bestseller in Nonfiction

A Bustle Pick of 10 Best Nonfiction Books of January

A Literary Hub Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Named a best book of 2019 by The New York Times, TIMEThe Washington Post,
 NPRHudson BooksellersThe New York Public LibraryThe Dallas Morning News, and Library 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. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don't know or care about property. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Treuer provides a sweeping account of how the trope of the vanishing Indian has distorted our current understanding of Native peoples.  Instead of seeing Wounded Knee as the final chapter, he recovers the importance of World War II, urban migration, casinos, and the computer age in reshaping the modern Native American experience.  The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is written with conviction and illuminates the past in a deeply compelling way. Nancy Isenberg, author of White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
“Among the most important works of American cultural nonfiction in at least the last decade, maybe more. . .  Heartbeat is a monumental achievement, arriving at a key moment in American Indian history. Our varied cultures are exploding with wonderful artists and writers, sharing indigenous stories from all over the continent that detail a multitude of experiences. We must show more of ourselves to the world. Treuer’s book is one writer making huge strides in doing so. The Missoulian “A hybrid work of historical scholarship, memoir, and reportage, Treuer’s tome might be called a Native-focused cousin to the late historian Howard Zinn’s seminal book from 1980, A People’s History of the United States.
“A gripping medley of academic rigor, reporting and memoir, Treuer’s fascinating and unconventional account of Native American history burns with a passionate sense of resiliency. The Dallas Morning News
Vivid…Treuer evokes, with simmering rage, the annihilation of Indian lives and worlds, but he also unearths a secret history of Indians flourishing in art, government, literature, science and technology…Beautifully written. The Minneapolis Star Tribune
An ambitious, gripping, and elegantly written synthesis that is much more than the sum of its excellent parts—which include a rich array of Native lives, Treuer’s own family and tribe among them--The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee brings a recognition of indigenous vitality and futurity to a century of modern Indian history. Philip J. Deloria, Professor of History, Harvard University
“In clear and vivid prose, David Treuer positions unforgettable portraits of contemporary Indian people within a compelling narrative of the experiences of indigenous peoples in the big sweep of time. His book offers a powerful challenge to the persistent and pernicious idea of the ‘vanishing Indian,’ replacing it with a far more accurate story of Indian people’s repossession and restoration of sovereignty and  dignity.  Patricia Limerick, author of The Legacy of Conquest and co-founder, Center of the American West
“Treuer chronicles the long histories of Native North America, showing the transformation and endurance of many nations. All American history collections will benefit from this important work by an important native scholar. Library Journal (starred)
[Treuer's] scholarly reportage of these 125 years of Native history...comes to vivid life for every reader. Booklist (starred)
Sweeping, consistently illuminating and personal...This engrossing volume should interest anyone who wants to better understand how Native Americans have struggled to preserve their tribes and cultures, using resourcefulness and reinvention in the face of overwhelming opposition. BookPage (starred)
Highly readable...a welcome compendium of Indian voices and insights that will be fresh for many readers...[An] urgent story.  Newsday
"Pushes the reader beyond [a] narrative of sadness, defeat, and cultures ruined. . . . Treuer weaves in written history, reportage, and personal stories to complete this record of who Indians are post-1890 and who they always have been. Vox
In a marvel of research and storytelling, an Ojibwe writer traces the dawning of a new resistance movement born of deep pride and a reverence for tradition. Treuer’s chronicle of rebellion and resilience is a manifesto and rallying cry. O, The Oprah Magazine
An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait of ‘Indian survival, resilience, adaptability, pride and place in modern life.’ Rarely has a single volume in Native American history attempted such comprehensiveness . . . Ultimately, 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
As featured on NPR's Weekend Edition and Amanpour & Company
“Chapter after chapter, it's like one shattered myth after another. NPR“Part of the magic of this book stems from Treuer’s ability to move seamlessly back and forth from the Big Indian Story to the voices of living Indians explaining to us, and to themselves, what it means to be Indian, American, and both at the same time. . . .  open[ing] a window on the contemporary Indian world, in its dazzling variety, and infus[ing] the book with a kind of vividness and punch rarely found in narrative histories. . . . It’s hard to imagine there will be a better, more compelling look at Indian country than this one anytime soon.
“A gripping medley of academic rigor, reporting and memoir, Treuer’s fascinating and unconventional account of Native American history burns with a passionate sense of resiliency.  Washington Post
Treuer … presents a more nuanced and hopeful vision of the past and future of Native Americans. Vanity Fair
[Treuer] writes with hard-won authority ... powerful and deeply felt. New York Review of Books
“Sweeping, essential history...Treuer’s storytelling skills shine...[an] elegant handling of [a] complex narrative. The Economist
“All American history collections will benefit from this important work by an important native scholar.” Library Journal (starred review)

Reviews

Reviews

by Ryan Paul Winn 5/15/2019
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Tribal College Journal Review Excerpt

This past January, decorated Ojibwe writer David Treuer published the best comprehensive text about the continuing history of Native American resilience, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present. Treuer vehemently opposes the practice of discussing Indian people and their culture as relics of the past, the mourning of which is what guides many texts, including Dee Brown’s 1970 bestseller Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Treuer does relay the trials and struggles of America’s first citizens in every region of the United States, but in all instances the accounts of injustice are coupled with evidence of individual and tribal persistence. The text is as candid about the sins of famed colonizers like Christopher Columbus and Andrew Jackson as it is about the failings of some tribal leaders, both within and beyond the Red Power movement. Yet in every instance this is a book that demands our attention. In the audiobook edition, reader Tanis Parenteau’s performance lends depth to Treuer’s interwoven interviews with contemporary Native ranchers, woodland gatherers, and ambassadors for healthy well-being in tribal communities. What’s made clear in this magnum opus is that despite numerous false narratives and perpetuated misconceptions, the pulsing heartbeat of Indian people endures throughout the American landscape.

Author

Author Bio: David Treuer

Author Bio: David Treuer

David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the award-winning author of several works of fiction and nonfiction. His acclaimed The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee was a New York Times bestseller, and his work The Translation of Dr Apelles was named a 2006 best book of the year by the Washington Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Time Out Chicago, and City Pages. He has won the Pushcart Prize and the Minnesota Book Award. He has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate, and the Washington Post, among others. He has a PhD degree in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 17.74
Audience: Adult
Language: English