David Treuer at North Dakota Museum of Art
Wednesday March 11, 2020 | 4:00pm
David Treuer’s most recent book The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee was a 2019 finalist for both the National Book Award and Carnegie Medal. Books are available at the Museum Gift Shop.
Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is an “informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait of Indian survival, resilience, adaptability, pride and place in modern life. Rarely has a single volume in Native American history attempted such comprehensiveness . . . Ultimately, Treuer’s powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation’s past.”
David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. The son of Robert Treuer, an Austrian Jew and Holocaust survivor and Margaret Seelye Treuer, a tribal court judge, David Treuer grew up on Leech Lake. After graduating from high school he attended Princeton University where he wrote two senior theses — one in anthropology and one in creative writing — and where he worked with Toni Morrison, Paul Muldoon, and Joanna Scott. Treuer graduated in 1992 and published his first novel, Little, in 1995. He received his PhD in anthropology and published his second novel, The Hiawatha, in 1999. He published half-a-dozen more books including his first major work of nonfiction, Rez Life, in 2012 and the novel Prudence in 2015.
He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, two Minnesota Book Awards, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Los Angeles, where he is a Professor of English at University of Southern California.
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