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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee with David Treuer

interviews Jul 18, 2023


Native history may have a surplus of pain, but it also has a surplus of joy and culture. Sharon connects with author David Treuer who writes about the sweeping history of Native Americans in his book, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee. It’s a history that goes beyond what most Americans are taught about key events or standout figureheads. Native past and present doesn’t pivot solely around tragedy and suffering; and when we tell only those stories, it shapes how we think. David seeks to create a narrative of bounty. 

Special thanks to our guest, David Treuer, for joining us today. You can order The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee here.

Hosted by: Sharon McMahon
Guest: David Treuer
Executive Producer: Heather Jackson
Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder


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About the Guest: 

David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. The author of four previous novels, most recently Prudence, and two books of nonfiction, he has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate, and The Washington Post, among others. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.


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