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Explorations Read-Aloud: “Indian Country” by Peter Matthiessen
Friday, October 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every Friday, at 11:00 am, on the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, the library will stream a brand new recording of local thespian, Joseph Coté reading aloud selections from a wide variety of fascinating and entertaining books of fiction and non-fiction. This is a program to help keep our community connected to books during the pandemic when we are unable to meet in person.
For September 17, Coté will read aloud from Peter Matthiessen’s book, Indian Country. Summary: The themes of vanishing wilderness, of a world in which humans are only an insignificant part, and of the rape of the land are all a part of Matthiessen’s Indian Country. Matthiessen tackles a subject closer to home: the loss of Native American lands and traditions. Matthiessen sees the American Indians as the last representatives of a life tied to the land and in harmony with nature. Juxtaposed with that is American capitalism: big business taking over more and more of the land and destroying more and more of the environment in its greed for materials and profit. Most victimized by this voracious appetite, Matthiessen feels, are the Native American tribes, whose best interests have not been represented by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).
Thoughts to share? Book ideas to suggest?
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