Topics: Native Americans in the United States, Ethnic group, Indigenous peoples of the Americas Pages: 4 (815 words) Published: August 13, 2013

Analyzing Short Story: “BORDERS” by Thomas King (1943-)

1. Author’s Profile and Bgd. An American cum Canadian writer of mixed ethnic origin: of Cherokee, German, and Greek descent. Born in Roseville, California in 1943. Has dual Canadian and American citizenship. Has taught in Native Studies Department at the University of Lethbridge. Lectured in the American Studies Dept. At the University of Minnesota. Currently teaches Native American Studies at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

One of the foremost writers of fiction about Canada’s Native people.

He received Governor General’s Award in 1992 for his book for children, A Coyote Columbus Story

Received his Ph.D from the University of Utah in 1986


King is interested in Native literature. He co-edited a volume of critical essays on Native lit., and has edited an issue of Canadian Fiction Magazine (No. 60, 1987) on Native fiction.

He is the editor of the anthology of Contemporary Canadian Native fiction, All My Relations (1990)

He is known for works in which he addresses the marginalization of American Indians, delineates “pan-Indian” concerns and histories, and attempts to abolish common stereotypes about Native American

He is critical of the literary stereotypes and clichés associated with Native people: feathered warriors on Pinto ponies; laconic chiefs in full regalia; dusky raven-haired maidens; demonic shamans with eagle-claw rattles and scalping knives.

Novels: Medicine River (1990); Green Grass, Running Water (1993)

In 1993, he published a collection of ten of his Short stories, including “The One About Coyote Going West”; “Borders”; “Joe the Painter and the Deer Island Massacre”.

Latest novel, Truth and Bright Water (1997)

2. “Borders” Brief Summary of Plot: This is the story of a Blackfoot woman and her son from the “Standoff” Reserve on the Canadian side of the border and trying to cross the border between Canada and the US to visit...
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