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Native Americans and the Imagination

  • Jamf Theater, Pablo Center at the Confluence 128 Graham Avenue Eau Claire, WI, 54701 United States (map)

David Treuer


This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

What Indian life on a reservation is like often escapes notice. In the place of a deep or contextual understanding of the forces at play, there exist misconceptions and fantasies. For Indians, there is a large gap between what is and what is imagined. Treuer will discuss how to imagine and learn oneself beyond the curtain of fiction that obscures Indian life.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.

DAVID TREUER is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the author of four novels and two books of nonfiction. His work has appeared in Orion, Harpers, The Washington Post, Saveur, and The New York Times among others. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Bush Foundation. In Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life, his first full-length work of nonfiction, Treuer brings a novelist’s storytelling skill and an eye for detail to a complex and subtle examination of Native American reservation life, past and present. His latest novel, Prudence, is available from Riverhead Books. A new major work of nonfiction--Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Indian America from 1890 to the Present--will be published by Riverhead in January 2019. He divides his time between Los Angeles, where he is a Professor of English at the University of Southern California, and the Leech Lake Reservation.