Everything You Know About Indians is Wrong (Paul Chaat Smith)

20130922-141701.jpgPaul Chaat Smith, an associate curator at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), writes with a smart and witty voice that is at once captivating and instructive. In this collection of essays — some part-memoir, some part-history lesson, and others part-something else — Smith discusses everything from histories of oppression to the complicated relationship between filmic representations of American Indians and their real-life counterparts, stopping to discuss activism and art and contemporary politics along the way. It’s an enlightening, accessible, and interesting read. The title alone should give you a hint about what you’ll find inside — some truths, some humor, and a whole lotta sarcasm!

 

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