The Bukowski Agency - Peace Pipe Dreams

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Canada: Douglas & McIntyre, Oct 2014

ABOUT DARRELL DENNIS

Darrell Dennis
(Photo: Courtesy of the author)

Originally from the Shuswap First Nation in B.C., Toronto-based ReVision Quest host Darrell Dennis is an actor, comedian, and screen writer. He's best known for his roles in Northwood, The Rez, and as host of Bingo and a Movie. Darrell has had two plays produced (Trickster of Third Avenue East and Tales of an Urban Indian) and wrote the short film Moccasin Flats, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to become the TV series. After two years with the Second City National Touring Company, Darrell co-founded the comedy troupe Tonto's Nephews. Darrell was recently one of 13 people selected throughout the world to participate in the prestigious Sundance Writer's Lab.

Peace Pipe Dreams
The truth about lies about Indians

by Darrell Dennis

IT’S TIME TO TELL THE REAL STORY FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE NORTH AMERICAN NATIVE — AND THE REAL STORY IS FAR MORE FASCINATING THAN ANY ROMANTICIZED MYTHOLOGY

Peace Pipe Dreams coverThe North American Indian is arguably the supreme iconic symbol of this continent. It is also one of the most stereotyped. Many misconceptions can be attributed to a simple lack of knowledge about Native history. For far too long this continent has been presented as being built and formed at the expense of Native people, when it was actually formed as a result of Native Americans. This is not to say that the history we learn about Native people is untrue – it’s just that about 95% of the story has been omitted. As a result, most North Americans know very little about the real history of Native people and tend to rely on 500 years of misconceptions and stereotypes.

Laughter is the universal language and Peace Pipe Dreams harnesses that language to offer a fresh perspective on the wealth of materials about Native people and their history, and provide a humorous explanation as to why our commonly held beliefs about Indigenous people are usually nothing more than broad misconceptions. In addition, Dennis supplies the book with interviews from leading experts in Native studies and North American history to provide a pointed and often unheard perspective on these misconceptions. The balanced and fair perspective Dennis provides on the issues presented in the book are sure you appeal to a wide audience.

Peace Pipe Dreams educates readers through entertaining stories, a comedic personal perspective, and a straightforward, easy-to-comprehend explanation of the Native experience in North America. In the five hundred years since Columbus bumbled across the Americas a lot of misinformation has been built up surrounding this continent’s original inhabitants. After five hundred years, Peace Pipe Dreams finally sets the record straight.

PEACE PIPE DREAMS TABLE OF CONTENTS

Native Names
       “What do we call you this week?”
Native Perceptions: The European P.O.V.
       “Walk like an In-di-an”
Native Perceptions: The North American P.O.V.
       “Our home and Native land?”
Natives & Alcohol
       “Why the only Indian on Cheers was a wooden Indian”
Religion & Residential Sc hools
       “Peace pipe dreams”
Treaties
       “Sign on the dotted lie”
Native Land
       “Let’s call ahead and make reservations”
Native Government
       “Chief and council or flotsam and jetsam?”
The Future
       “Indianfinity and beyond!”

 

 

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