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

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

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Revised and Expanded

Anton Treuer

Minnesota Historical Society Press (April 2023)

A revised and updated edition of a modern classic offers answers to nearly 200 essential and thought-provoking questions about the Native people of North America.


What have you always wanted to know about Indians? Do you feel like you should already know the answers—or are concerned that your questions may be offensive? For more than a decade, Anton Treuer's clear, candid, and informative book has answered questions for tens of thousands of readers. This revised edition both revisits old questions from a new perspective and expands on topics that have become increasingly relevant over the past decade, including activism and tribal enrollment; truth and reconciliation efforts; gender roles and identities in Indigenous communities; the status of Alaskan Natives and Canadian First Nations; and much more.

Treuer, an Ojibwe scholar and cultural preservationist, addresses nearly 200 questions on a range of topics—questions that are thoughtful and outrageous, modern and historical, and always interesting.

—What are we supposed to call North America's first people?
—Can white people dance at powwows?
—What's the point of land acknowledgments?
—Does tribal sovereignty mean that tribes can offer abortion services in states where it is now otherwise illegal?

With frank, funny, and sometimes personal prose, this book cuts through myths, guilt, and anger and builds a foundation for true understanding and positive action.

Editorial Reviews


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

 “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

Author information

Dr. Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, is the author of numerous books on Indigenous history and language. He has sat on several organizational boards and received more than 40 prestigious awards and fellowships, including from the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Bush Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Among his many book publications are The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern WorldThe Language Warrior's Manifesto: How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the OddsWarrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake OjibweThe Assassination of Hole in the DayAtlas of Indian Nations, and a young reader's edition of Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask.

  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches 
  • 20 B&W photos, notes, bibliography, index
  • ISBN: 9781681342467

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