David Buerge, Cecil Hansen, Nile Thompson, with David Brewster
Years in the research and writing, David Buerge’s Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name: The Change of Worlds for the Native People and Settlers on Puget Sound (Sasquatch) stands to be a work of significance for this region, its history, its present, its future. This evening, author David Buerge will be joined by Duwamish Tribal Chair Cecile Hansen and native languages scholar Nile Thompson in discussing the research and story told in this long-awaited book. David Brewster, presently founder/director of Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, was, about two incarnations of his ago, the editor at the Seattle Weekly where David Buerge started publishing his writing on the 19th century world of the Duwamish and other tribal groups living here, and will moderate the evening.
“The man known to so many as Chief Seattle has deserved a proper biography for a long, long time. This book, based on years of painstaking research, is a window not only into the life of one important Indigenous leader, but into the birth of the Northwest’s premier metropolis. A must-read for anyone interested in Seattle history.” —Coll Thrush.
“In one of the many magical, epic moments in this enchanting book, Chief Seattle is depicted shouting regally from his canoe, “It is I, Seattle!” And here he is, at last, full of majesty, complexity, wisdom, and charisma. The book is an act of justice, finally bringing to life the man to whom the city owes its name and its multiracial founding.”—David Brewster.
Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.