128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
David Treuer talks about the challenges of radically rewriting a contentious history that has always been not merely imperfect, but downright wrong. Named a best book of the year by The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, NPR, and more, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee charts a riveting counter-narrative for the history of Native American life from the 1890 massacre to the present. In fierce contrast to insinuations that Native civilization collapsed after 150 Sioux were brutally murdered at Wounded Knee, Treuer highlights the many ways in which indigenous culture did not disappear at all. Rather, he argues, survivors and their descendants have ardently defended, innovated, revived, and revered their culture in direct resistance to the massacre’s intended goal of definitively effacing Native life. Ojibwe himself, Treuer’s unique background as an anthropologist and novelist has produced a new history that is sure to change the course of American thinking on Native American culture in the tradition of ground-breaking works like Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Join him for an author’s talk followed by an audience Q&A.
This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for updates about future PEN World Voices Festival programming.