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Round Dance

An Introduction to Native Studies

by Thomas King

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A multidisciplinary examination of the historical and contemporary situation of Native peoples in Canada, this book seeks to inegrate knowledge from both scholarly and indigenous perspectives. Beginning with an investigation into the origins of the First Nations, it goes on to consider thenature of indigenous societies before contact with Europeans, and the changes that accompanied the expansion of settler populations. The major part of the book, however, focuses on contemporary affairs, with specific attention to political and constitutional issues; economic activities; and thecultural and spiritual expressions of indigenous values. At the root of this analysis is the authors` contention that, despite the fundamental contradictions between Native cultures and value systems and the European forms to which they have had to adapt, the First Nations have survived and arebuilding a future - and that the dominant society would do well to listen to the wisdom they have acquired.

About the Author

Thomas King has written several highly acclaimed children’s books. A Coyote Solstice Tale, illustrated by Gary Clement, won the American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book and A Coyote Columbus Story, illustrated by William Kent Monkman, was a Governor General’s Award finalist.

King, who is of Cherokee and Greek descent, was a Professor of English at the University of Guelph for many years, where he taught Native Literature and Creative Writing. He recently won the Governor General’s Award for his adult novel, The Back of the Turtle, and he has been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

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Ken Coates, Professor of History, University of Victoria. Thomas King, Associate Professor of Native Studies, University of Minnesota.

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