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Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask

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Join us for an online discussion with Anton Treuer, award-winning author and historian of Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask.

White/Indian relations are often characterized by guilt and anger. Ojibwe scholar and cultural preservationist Anton Treuer (pronounced troy-er) cuts through the emotion and builds a foundation for understanding. In matter-of-fact responses, Treuer gives a frank, funny, and sometimes personal tour of what's up with Indians, anyway.

Hosted by Stillwater Public Library in collaboration with Bayport Public Library, Hudson Area Public Library, North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix Heritage Area, and St. Croix Falls Public Library.

Treuer is a Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and the author of many books. His equity, education, and cultural work have put him on a path of service around the region, the nation, and the world. 




Wednesday, April 13, 2022
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Stillwater Public Library
  Books, Authors, and Writing  
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
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More about the book:

What have you always wanted to know about Indians? Do you think you should already know the answers—or suspect that your questions may be offensive? “I had a profoundly well-educated Princetonian ask me, ‘Where is your tomahawk?’ I had a beautiful woman approach me in the college gymnasium and exclaim, ‘You have the most beautiful red skin.’ I took a friend to see Dances with Wolves and was told, ‘Your people have a beautiful culture.’ . . . I made many lifelong friends at college, and they supported but also challenged me with questions like, ‘Why should Indians have reservations?’”

• What is the real story of Thanksgiving?

• Why are tribal languages important?

• What do you think of that incident where people died in a sweat lodge?


“Nothing quite like this book has been available previously. Summing up: Essential.” CHOICE

“Straightforward, fascinating, funny, and often wise, Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask is a wonderful resource for non-Indians and Indians too. (There are plenty of things we want to know about each other.)  It is that rare thing—an informational and entertaining read.”

Louise Erdrich

“This book marks Anton Treuer’s shift from an expert on Ojibwe history and language to one of the most powerful tribal voices on most things Indian. Informed, compassionate, funny, and provocative, Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask is a truly needed and compelling read.”

Rex Lee Jim, Vice President of Navajo Nation

Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians does more than answer the questions. It raises other questions about civilization and religion. It does what a book should do.”

Basil Johnston, award winning author of The Manitous and many other books on Ojibwe history and culture

“Anton Treuer is a consummate bridge-builder. Patient and pointed in equal measure, Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians inspires readers to embrace human commonality—and when confronted with issues of social and cultural difference, to engage our better natures.”

Philip J. Deloria, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor, University of Michigan, and author of Indians in Unexpected Places

“President John F. Kennedy said it best in 1960: ‘American Indians remain probably the least understood and most misunderstood Americans of us all.’ I highly recommend this extraordinary book that makes every effort to set the record straight.”