A Member of the Order of Canada and two-time nominee for the Governor General’s Award,
King is often described as one of the finest contemporary Aboriginal writers in North America.
– The Canadian Encyclopedia
We share Thomas King with the Americans, both by citizenship and by residency. He was born in Sacramento, CA and lived in the USA for his first 37 years (excepting 3 years in New Zealand), but he’s lived in Canada for his second 37 years. I haven’t heard what he plans to do with his third 37 years.
Of Cherokee, German, and Greek descent, King developed an interest in aboriginal story-telling when he was about 28, eventually becoming a professor of Native Studies at the University of Lethbridge. The academic morphed into a practitioner; his books include:
- Medicine River
- A Coyote Columbus Story
- Green Grass, Running Water – which later formed the basis of King’s CBC Radio show, The Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour
He is also a commentator on aboriginal policy and issues, and wrote “The Inconvenient Indian,” which won the 2014 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction as well as the RBC Taylor Prize.
King was chosen to deliver the 2003 Massey Lectures, entitled The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative. King was the first Massey lecturer of self-identifying aboriginal descent. King explored the Native experience in oral stories, literature, history, religion and politics, popular culture and social protest in order to make sense of North America’s relationship with its aboriginal peoples. – Wiki
King’s 2003 Massey Lecture podcast – 5 lectures, each 54 minutes long