1.12 Interview with Taylor Brown / Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian

On today’s episode of Teachin’ Books, undergraduate student Taylor Brown shares her experiences working as a tour guide while she was also reading and thinking through Thomas King’s 2012 non-fiction work The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America.

Topics from our chat include: being subversive despite/versus the constraints and norms of a profession; navigating Canada’s history and geography as a settler tour guide in a position of authority; and the realities and difficulties of blending history, education, story, and entertainment. Plus, hear me struggle to find the right words to talk about the youths!

  • Order The Inconvenient Indian from your local bookstore. In Saskatoon, I like Turning the Tide and McNally Robinson.
  • Here’s the tweet by @SusannaLHarris that I refer to in the episode.
  • You can follow Taylor on Instagram @bookclub.bby!
  • Check out the events and schedule for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month, put on by Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild.

The podcast music is by Dyalla Swain, whose work you can find here. The podcast graphics are by @muskrathands.

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**Once available, the transcript for this episode will be here.**