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The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King

Stories are wondrous things. And they are dangerous. In The Truth About Stories, Native novelist and scholar Thomas King explores how stories shape who we are and how we understand and interact with other people. From creation stories to personal experiences, historical anecdotes to social injustices, racist propaganda to works of contemporary Native literature, King probes Native cultures deep ties to storytelling. With wry humor, King deftly weaves events from his own life as a child in California, an academic in Canada, and a Native North American with a wide-ranging discussion of stories told by and about Indians. So many stories have been told about Indians, King comments, that there is no reason for the Indian to be real. The Indian simply has to exist in our imaginations. That imaginative Indian that North Americans hold dear has been challenged by Native writers - N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louis Owens, Sherman Alexie, and others - who provide alternative narratives of the Native experience that question, create a present, and imagine a future. King reminds the reader, Native and non-Native, that storytelling carries with it social and moral responsibilties. Dont say in the years to come that you would have lived your life differently if only you had heard this story. Youve heard it now.
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The Truth About Stories - Thomas King - Lecture 1

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This is a nonfiction book — the content was originally delivered for the Massey lectures in — but it is all about stories. King is a storyteller, and in this book he demonstrates the way in which stories shape our perceptions of the world. From creation stories he offers a retelling of both the Native story of the woman who fell to earth and story of Genesis from the King James version of the bible to stories about duck feathers, basketball games, treaties, and the legal disappearing of Indians, King illustrates how stories create a framework for understanding the world around us. And you have to watch out for the stories that you are told. King interrogates methods while offering them up for display. He is sarcastic, comforting, and humorous. Platitude, platitude, platitude.

The printed book based off the lectures is broken into five parts. It changes from a young girl to an older woman, and so on. How his mom made her way up the ladder at work but had to keep quiet about it, as she was a woman. About how evil came into the world through story, but could not be called back — so be careful what you say. How the earth came to be on the back of a turtle, how otter found the mud, and how the Twins created the earth and river and lakes and trees.

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The Truth About Stories - Thomas King - Lecture 3

So he engages in a nice bit of subterfuge in his newest book, The Truth About Stories : he dresses the book in a suit of linear non-fiction that looks an awful lot like a piece of aboriginal storytelling, and he reasons like an expert professor but with the authenticity of a ribbon-shirted Indian. The Truth About Stories, the latest addition to the Massey Lectures series, uses snatches of memoir, quotations from settler histories, American literature, new native literature, stories from the aboriginal oral tradition, and exposition to discuss everything from racism and capitalism to aboriginal identity and the relationship between aboriginal people and colonial governments in both the U. These points are interesting enough in themselves, and the book could be read simply at that level. King starts with the big picture, a comparison between an aboriginal creation story and the Judeo-Christian creation story. The aboriginal story introduces the talking animals almost straightaway. The animals are, as King says, a bit of a problem.

Posted by Lori Parkinson on April 9, I was familiar with the text but it would be the first time I would be using it in my classroom. When I was in school we were rarely encouraged to be critical thinkers and we certainly were not encouraged to seek out the stories that make up our land. My goal was to learn with my students and explore and make connections. I was going to use the idea of the Oral Story as my jumping off point. So, as a class we read the book out loud or listened to Thomas King tell his stories in order to consume this text orally. We followed along with our books, often stopping to discuss what we heard but we listened to the entire book.

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