Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place

Native Seattle Histories from the Crossing Over Place Winner of the Washington State Book Award for History BiographyIn traditional scholarship Native Americans have been conspicuously absent from urban history Indians appear at the time of contact

  • Title: Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place
  • Author: Coll Thrush
  • ISBN: 9780295988122
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the 2008 Washington State Book Award for History BiographyIn traditional scholarship, Native Americans have been conspicuously absent from urban history Indians appear at the time of contact, are involved in fighting or treaties, and then seem to vanish, usually onto reservations In Native Seattle, Coll Thrush explodes the commonly accepted notion that IndiansWinner of the 2008 Washington State Book Award for History BiographyIn traditional scholarship, Native Americans have been conspicuously absent from urban history Indians appear at the time of contact, are involved in fighting or treaties, and then seem to vanish, usually onto reservations In Native Seattle, Coll Thrush explodes the commonly accepted notion that Indians and cities and thus Indian and urban histories are mutually exclusive, that Indians and cities cannot coexist, and that one must necessarily be eclipsed by the other Native people and places played a vital part in the founding of Seattle and in what the city is today, just as urban changes transformed what it meant to be Native.On the urban indigenous frontier of the 1850s, 1860s, and 1870s, Indians were central to town life Native Americans literally made Seattle possible through their labor and their participation, even as they were made scapegoats for urban disorder As late as 1880, Seattle was still very much a Native place Between the 1880s and the 1930s, however, Seattle s urban and Indian histories were transformed as the town turned into a metropolis Massive changes in the urban environment dramatically affected indigenous people s abilities to survive in traditional places The movement of Native people and their material culture to Seattle from all across the region inspired new identities both for the migrants and for the city itself As boosters, historians, and pioneers tried to explain Seattle s historical trajectory, they told stories about Indians as hostile enemies, as exotic Others, and as noble symbols of a vanished wilderness But by the beginning of World War II, a new multitribal urban Native community had begun to take shape in Seattle, even as it was overshadowed by the city s appropriation of Indian images to understand and sell itself.After World War II, changes in the city, combined with the agency of Native people, led to a new visibility and authority for Indians in Seattle The descendants of Seattle s indigenous peoples capitalized on broader historical revisionism to claim new authority over urban places and narratives At the beginning of the twenty first century, Native people have returned to the center of civic life, not as contrived symbols of a whitewashed past but on their own terms.In Seattle, the strands of urban and Indian history have always been intertwined Including an atlas of indigenous Seattle created with linguist Nile Thompson, Native Seattle is a new kind of urban Indian history, a book with implications that reach far beyond the region.Replaced by ISBN 9780295741345

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    1. Coll Thrush Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place book, this is one of the most wanted Coll Thrush author readers around the world.

    2. A beautiful book that powerfully illustrates its key claim: that the Native history of Seattle may be dramatically changed and challenged, but it's neither past nor complete. A few things I particularly appreciated:* The vivid description of the multi-ethnic Seattle of the early pioneer days. It made me wish that hadn't been wiped out, and wonder what kind of hybrid culture could have emerged in a Seattle or a Vancouver that had allowed it to keep flourishing.* A clear sense of how the contempor [...]

    3. I think everyone living in Seattle should read this book to understand the history of so many of the places and institutions that we view as fixed but also to start to think critically about the use of indigenous imagery and stories that are so common in the region. It's a little more academic but for anyone familiar with academic historical writhing or has the patience for academic writing in general, it's a very accessible read.

    4. An excellent narrative history of the lived experiences of Native people in Seattle. It helped me understand my city in a much deeper and more thorough way. I highly recommend this book.

    5. This is an important book about Seattle. Unfortunately, I do not think it is a "book" but rather an academic paper that has been published for general readership. It is dense and could be more readable. Well-researched and very thorough, Coll Thrush tried his best to bring the history of tribes in the Seattle area (and beyond as he explains) over the last 150 some-odd years, starting with before the Denny party landed at Alki. For me, it was refreshing to hear so much effort put into telling the [...]

    6. The fact that Coll is a friend really has no bearing on how great I think this book is. With great respect for indigenous peoples and sometimes contemptuous humor aimed squarely at Whites who took the land (in order to refashion it according to "God's plan"), Thrush weaves an intricate blend of stories into a history often invoked but seldom understood. The book does not follow a traditional Euro "beginning-to-end" narrative which may pose problems for more linear-minded folks. Instead, the stor [...]

    7. My knowledge of Northwest History has always been sketchy, and the role of Native people in that history even more so.I really like this book because it describes a complicated issue as complicated, and tries to present a variety of narratives (in the title, he talks about histories in the plural) about the role that Native people have played in the Seattle area.Throughout, however, his explicitly stated goal is to challenge the so called "myth of tha vanishing indian", which is perhaps the foun [...]

    8. Thrush's main task is two dispel two pervasive myths that "haunt" the city of Seattle and--arguably--locales around the country: that Native Americans are doomed to "vanish;" and that urban and Indian are mutually exclusive terms and experiences. He covers large swaths of the city's history (from before the arrival of the Denny party in 1851 to the early 2000s), at times shortening stories that could've better explained his case. But, in the same breath, he is not afraid to present the relations [...]

    9. Stumbled upon this book at the Seattle Public Library while visiting the city, and it really spoke to my recent interest in the experiences of the Aboriginal Peoples of the Pacific Northwest - especially the Coat Salish. The book was fascinating, detailing the experiences, for better or for worse, of the original denizens of the Seattle area. The author has done some very detailed research, and has written an engaging account. Very glad I found and read this!

    10. As much an intellectual history of the construction of Seattle as an idea as it is the history of the landscape on which the city sits, the changing ownership of that land, or a restoration of urban Indians in the face of the myth of the "vanishing Indian." The entirely separate "Atlas of Indigenous Seattle" section of maps in the back of the book displays some truly virtuoso scholarship. If one is curious about the history of Seattle, this strikes me as an excellent place to start.

    11. Excellent history of Seattle, and of the shifting demographics of the city over time. Thrush chronicles Seattle's historical development, with major events and eras in the city's history reconsidered through a lens of racial politics. The most illuminating history of Seattle I have read, though the book does unfortunately lose steam in the final few chapters. Every city deserves a history like this.

    12. Some excellent research and some fine writing make this a highly educational and entertaining guide to Seattle's indigenous history. A copy should be issued to all residents and visitors. The "Atlas of Indigenous Seattle," included as an appendix, is well-worth the cost of the entire book just on its own. The Atlas includes over 100 native place-names around the city, and even a quick guide to Whulshootseed pronunciation for all of us cheechakos. Highly recommended!

    13. Loved it. What an interesting view of Seattle's history. I can't wait to go back to Seattle and look at some of the places I read about. This may not be as interesting to someone who isn't interested in historybut it is well written. I think if you were from Seattle or lived in Seattle or even visited Seattle a lot, this book would be of interest. I even read the appendix and notes. Anyway, I did have to read it for school, but really enjoyed it. It was not a chore!

    14. Excellent, in depth unwinding of the founding of Seattle. Coll resets the default narrative of the Puget Sound (Salt Water) by reclaiming and restoring the indigenous presence and voice to its rightful place. Especially compelling is the atlas he has included. I love seeing the place names and the meaning of those places as described by the original inhabitants.

    15. I moved to Seattle a couple of years ago, and I wanted to learn about the history of the area, so I headed to the library. This was one of three books a librarian pulled for me, by far the best of the lot. I would recommend it to anyone who lives in Seattle, and also to those who are interested in Native American and/or Pacific Northwest history.

    16. A really interesting, well written, and well researched look at how Native American history continued in Seattle despite the growth of an urban landscape and tradition. I would have liked more on the post WWII Seattle native, especially since many of these people are still available for interviews. This story is Seattle specific but has clear connections to other American cities.

    17. Barely begun, but the early history of the Native American settlements taken over by what became the City of Seattle is incredibly interesting. I was raised near Seattle and lived there for a number of years; none of this information was taught in school!

    18. I appreciated this different view of the role of Indians in Seattle's history. I was especially interested in the account of Seattle's earliest years and how intertwined the settler and Native communities were.

    19. Everyone who loves Seattle should read this book.Makes you think differently about the people around you as you walk around town, the places you go, even the words you use.

    20. good so far. It was an academic piece, but reads fairly well. It supposedly will connect the modern seattlite with the history of the place

    21. Very interesting History of Seattle, from both the "white man" perspective and equal treatment from the "Indian" perspective.E

    22. Excellent research - was great to learn about Seattle history through this book. But could have been more readable.

    23. Thrush seeks to reclaim Native history of Seattle, arguing that they have been artificially separated into Native History and Urban History. In fact, Thrush said, they are deeply intertwined and one cannot understand Seattle without its Native inhabitants. He argued that since its beginning, its founding myths have said that Chief Seattle befriended the local whites, which is not really based on any evidence. Key Themes and Concepts-Anglo Supremacy was firmly planted by the embracing of Native I [...]

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