Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir
  • Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir
  • Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir
ISBN: 1597142018
EAN13: 9781597142014
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 1, 2013
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 8.9" L x 6" W
Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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   What is Bad is Good
Growing up in California, in the Bay Area, I went through the educational system and reached adulthood, thinking that all the indigenous people who used to occupy the land in my backyard were gone. But a few years ago, there was a news story about the response to a small notice in a local newspaper, announcing a construction project on the site of an old Indian burial ground. I was surprised ''. Then I was ashamed to be part of this rumour, to have believed that they were no longer around and we could just sit in our backyards without a thought of who we robbed to get this land. Deborah Miranda's book Bad Indians brings the truth of the Bay Area genocide to light. And it lights up the story with the impact of settler brutality on her and her family going back more generations than any settler group could ever imagine. It is a story that should be required reading for every Californian and for every school child.
   A moving personal reflection that illuminates a broad social wound
This is a beautifully composed and an astonishingly intimate telling of personal history, set in the context of the unsettling story of the writer's ancestors. The California Indians were brutally mis-treated and their culture, history and land were dismembered. Ms. Miranda asks us to end our denial and to make an accounting for the deep and lasting harm.
   The truth about what really happened to Native Americans at the California Missions
Stunningly researched and edited, well crafted. Though the tragedies that befell native Americans at the California Missions are hard to read, it is a must read for anyone wanting to understand the deeper historical truths of this time in California history. This book should be required supplementary reading in California high schools and colleges. As well, the sections relating to Native American life at the missions should be taught to fourth graders. NOTE : This California Chumash elder will NOT debate my personal review of this book with anyone on Amazon, with California Mission apologists. Catholic or otherwise :
   Honest, Hard, Educational
I read this book for a class on indigenous literature. As a white college student whose education is fairly scarce in indigenous history, this book was educational and, though not relatable as far as ancestral, relatable at a heart level.
   Awesome literature
I bought this book for my ethnograpic anthropology class. It was such a good read, incorporating all kinds of emotions while presenting a hefty amount of knowledge. I loved it thoroughly, what a great author it was.
   True to the book title and worth reading. Bad as ironic.
Read as part of a class on Native American issues, conducted by native staff and students, makes it very relevant.
   Very interesting for anyone of deep central California heritage
I found this book, full of information that I had not previously known. I recommend it to anyone interested in California natives before the arrival of the Spanish.
   Make way for bad Indians
This is a memoir that experiments with time and form, stretching into the spasm and the future. Miranda is making space for bad '' Indians like herself, her family members and even some community members she locates in ethnographies. Bad indians are those who don 't fit into what their communities or the world might expect from them.
Scattered, beautiful and disturbing. An important work, illuminating previously unseen stories of California Indians with vivid imagery, poetry and narration.
   I'd strongly recommend this to anyone looking to learn more about the ...
An incredible read that catches and doesn 't let go. I first say that you should take time off for this book - it is not something you should read in multiple sittings, and you won 't want to read it that way. Miranda defies the genre as she mashes together archival sourced history with personal memoir with tribal history with poetry with essay with visual work. Her rich writing-and oh my GOD is rich, it's so beautiful-really makes the story she tells all more rich and vivid. It is also incredibly important and really accessible for people to read. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about the ongoing effects of settler colonialism and the logics of elimination that accompany it.