Author Thomas King (Random House)
is one of Canada's best known activists for Native causes. He teaches
at Guelph University, writes books and was the first Aboriginal person
to deliver a Massey lecture.
King is in Winnipeg to promote his latest book, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America.
SCENE asked King to describe a book that had a big impact on him.
"N. Scott Momaday is a Kiowa writer. He wrote his book, House Made of Dawn, in 1968. It won the Pulitzer in 1969. It was the first and only time a Native writer has won the Pulitzer.
House Made of Dawn marked the first time I had seen a Native experience, by a Native writer, in print. It was so exciting, giving validity to our experience. It opened up possibilities," King said.