Beyond Tragedy: The living history of Native America


The massacre of over 150 Lakota at Wounded Knee in 1890 is often taken to be the "end" of Native American history - a notion unintentionally reinforced by Dee Brown's groundbreaking 1970 book, "I Buried My Heart at Wounded Knee". This idea of history as tragedy is something that Ojibwe writer David Treuer tries to undo in "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee". He argues that both before and after contact was made with colonizing Europeans, Indigenous peoples have always found ways to adapt, survive and thrive -- and that's exactly what they're doing now.

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