Tortured People: The Politics of Colonization is the 1999 Revised Edition of the highly anticipated title from Metis author, activist, and professor, Howard Adams, originally published in 1995. The book emanates from experiences of life and political struggle under colonization in Metis and other Aboriginal communities in Canada. The book provides a uniquely Aboriginal sociopoliitcal perspective on the effect of colonization on Aboriginal Peoples in Canada while it also presents a fresh outlook on de-colonization and contemporary Aboriginal life and culture. Tortured People offers the reader an explanation of the deeply rooted issues behind the dramatic increase in Aboriginal militant action in recent years.
Howard Adams was born into a Metis family in St. Louis, Saskatchewan. He completed his Doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1965. From the mid-sixties through to the mid-seventies he held professorship at University of Saskatchewan, while being an active leader in the Metis and Red Power movement and serving as President of the Metis Society of Saskatchewan. He published his first book, The Education of Canadians, in 1968 and his ground-breaking Prison of Grass: Canada from a Native Point of View in 1975, which was revised in 1989. Beginning in 1975 he was Professor of Native Americvan Studies at University of California at Berkeley until his retirement in 1988.
In 1999, in recognition of his outstanding contribution, Howard Adams was awarded a National Aboriginal Achievement Award.