In an era when talks of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples strive to atone for past wrongs (and tragic injustices that persist to this day), Ryan McMahon's debut story collection takes a sharp, unwavering, and yes, hilarious look at the paradoxical state of Aboriginal-settler relations, and the ironies, pitfalls, and sweet truths of life in Indian Country in the twenty-first century.
Imbued with the history of Indigenous Peoples in North America over the past 150 years, The Great NDN Paradox gets to the heart of everyday Indigenous experience: from a pair of cousins needing to borrow gas money to get to Standing Rock so they can protest a pipeline, to an Aboriginal student failing a Native Studies exam, to learning one's Indigenous language on an iPhone designed by a Silicon Valley tech company.
Piercingly observant and trenchantly funny, The Great NDN Paradox explores the rocky parameters of Indian Country experience.
The Great NDN Paradox is the latest title in the Robin's Egg Books series that features some of the freshest, smartest, and above all funniest writing on a variety of culturally relevant subjects. Robin's Egg Books are curated and edited by comedian, playwright, and author Charles Demers.
About the author
Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker, and community activator. A graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory in Toronto, he is the first Indigenous comedian to headline a CBC television special (Ryan McMahon: UnReserved). Ryan has written for Vice, the Globe and Mail, CBC Indigenous, and the APTN television network, and is the CEO of the Makoons Media Group, a digital media company that focuses on telling Indigenous stories to worldwide audiences. His first book The Great NDN Paradox is forthcoming in 2018. He lives in Winnipeg.