Monday, 3 December 2012

Thomas King & the Stairwell Interview: The Inconvenient Indian

This is an incredible stairwell interview with intellectual Thomas King about his thoughts on those Inconvenient Indians. There are the Indians that are destroying the natural order of things and getting in the way of progress. Civilisation has come the point where it can no ignore the effects of these creatures upon the natural world and its economy. History is full of individuals who have faded from history it is time for something to be done. Thomas King (Cherokee) looks at the history of North America. The book starts as a humorous account while looking at the story of Canada and the United States. As the book progresses you hear the voice of King as it becomes angrier and angrier on the treatment reserved for too many of the Indigenous populations on Turtle Island, it is a true crescendo. For Thomas history is the stories of our past, a past that hold a great power over the present because they exist in the present. History exists today.

Thomas King & Robert Falcon Ouellette
in a dirty old stairwell Nov 2012

The interview was completed during a fire drill at the radio station. We were forced to flee with his wife and his driver Mr Bruce in tow in search of a quiet place to discuss his thoughts and reasons behind his book. We eventually settled on the stairwell of the Pharmacy building. I sat on the floor while Mr King spoke above the din of passing students. It was quite the spectacle and students hushed as they passed realising they should be sending a text message instead of speaking.


Ouellette, Robert-Falcon. (Director) (2012, Dec 03). At the Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research. Thomas King & the Stairwell Interview: The Inconvenient Indian. [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from 


Ouellette, Robert-Falcon, dir. "Thomas King & the Stairwell Interview: The Inconvenient Indian." At the Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research.. N.p., 05 2012. web. 3 Dec 2012. < >.

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