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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee (Young Readers Adaptation): Life in Native America

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee (Young Readers Adaptation): Life in Native America


Book Overview: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee (Young Readers Adaptation): Life in Native America

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is a story of Native American resilience and reinvention, adapted for young adults from the adult nonfiction book of the same name.

Since the late 1800s, it has been believed that Native American civilization has been wiped from the United States. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee argues that Native American culture is far from defeated--if anything, it is thriving as much today as it was one hundred years ago.

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee looks at Native American culture as it exists today--and the fight to preserve language and traditions.

Adapted for young readers, this important young adult nonfiction book is perfect educational material for children and adults alike.

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PublisherViking Books for Young ReadersViking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date20232022-10-18
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Weight lbs

"Utterly vital in its historical prowess, essential in its portraits of lived experiences."-- Kirkus (starred review)

"Ojibwe author Treuer unblinkingly depicts 'Indian life rather than Indian death' in this young readers adaptation. . . Using approachable language and eye-opening firsthand accounts, Treuer unfailingly puts Indigenous people at the center of their own history to prove that 'Indian cultures are not dead and our civilizations have not been destroyed.'" --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[T]his one is special, for it offers an examination of an essential subject: life in Indigenous America. The Ojibwe author seamlessly addresses his material in a hybrid fashion that's part history, part reportage, and part memoir, and Keenan ensures all is accessible to a younger audience...[F]ascinating. . . excellent. . . The history related here is necessary for all Americans to understand, and Treuer's personalized accounting ensures that readers will learn it with both their minds and hearts."- - Booklist (starred review)

"A well-researched approach to North American history that features personal narratives from Indigenous-Americans."- -School Library Journal

David Treuer is a distinguished American author and scholar known for his profound contributions to the field of Native American literature. Born in 1970 in Washington, treasured for his Ojibwe and Jewish heritage, Treuer grew up in the Leech Lake Indian reservation. Educated at Princeton University under the mentorship of renowned writers like Toni Morrison and Paul Muldoon, he earned his PhD in anthropology and taught extensively in the University of Southern California. Treuer debuted as an author through his novel "Little," which successfully dove into the unsung narratives of Native American communities. Best known for his book "Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life" and "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee", his works intrically weave anthropology and fiction, illuminating the rich tapestry of Native American history and contemporary life. Treuer's writings, translated into multiple languages, have vastly broadened the horizons of Native American literature, earning him prestigious awards, including a Pushcart Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Admired for his scholarship, Treuer has exemplified himself as a strong voice advocating for native people's rights and preserving native languages. His literary excellence combined with piercing anthropological insights has shaped a distinctive path in American literature. Treuer continues to write and engage with indigenous community issues, passionately embodying the resilience and vibrancy of Native American culture in his work.

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