At once epic in scope, intimate in voice, acclaimed Ojibwe novelist and nonfiction prose writer David Treuer’s The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present (Riverhead) has been winning major praise since its publication, and deservedly so. This is beautiful, vital work of a very high order.
“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.” —Ned Blackhawk, New York Times Book Review.
“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.