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An Indian Among Los Indígenas: A Native Travel Memoir (Hardcover)

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This memoir chronicles Pike’s experience working with the Peace Corps in Brazil. Being indigenous herself (a member of the Karuk tribe), she arrived with the confidence that she would immediately find kinship among the indigenous people around her, but found instead that with colonial organizations there is always extra baggage. This book is honest, poignant, and important.

— MJ


A gripping, witty memoir about indigeneity, travel, and colonialism

When she was twenty-five, Ursula Pike boarded a plane to Bolivia and began her term of service in the Peace Corps. A member of the Karuk Tribe, Pike sought to make meaningful connections with Indigenous people halfway around the world. But she arrived in La Paz with trepidation as well as excitement, "knowing I followed in the footsteps of Western colonizers and missionaries who had also claimed they were there to help." In the following two years, as a series of dramatic episodes brought that tension to boiling point, she began to ask: what does it mean to have experienced the effects of colonialism firsthand, and yet to risk becoming a colonizing force in turn?

An Indian among los Ind genas, Pike's memoir of this experience, upends a canon of travel memoirs that has historically been dominated by white writers. It is a sharp, honest, and unnerving examination of the shadows that colonial history casts over even the most well-intentioned attempts at cross-cultural aid. It is also the debut of an exceptionally astute writer with a mastery of deadpan wit. It signals a shift in travel writing that is long overdue.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781597145275
ISBN-10: 1597145270
Publisher: Heyday Books
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English
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Last Updated At: 10/26/2021 07:53am