Jill "tsi sqʷux̌ʷaʔł" La Pointe and Sasha "taqʷšəblu" La Pointe
Part of the Seattle Reads There There programming includes this much-anticipated program with Jill tsisqʷux̌ʷał La Pointe, director of the Lushootseed Research Foundation and poet Sasha "taqʷšəblu" La Pointe. They are, respectively, also granddaughter and great-granddaughter of beloved Upper Skagit tribal elder Vi taqʷšəblu Hilbert, on the occasion of a new, second edition of taqʷšəblu’s essential Haboo: Native American Stories from Puget Sound (University of Washington Press).
Taqʷšəblu told stories from this book’s original edition and other compilations of stories collected from local elders on numerous memorable occasions in Elliott Bay’s original Pioneer Square (or Sdzidzilalitch, “Little Crossing Over Place”) location. For many years, she kindly consented to come close out a year’s programs with stories, as kind of benediction on the year, the gifts we are given and too seldom acknowledge. Haboo has over thirty tales in it, set in this part of the world, but at a time where this world wasn’t known in these ways. Much more in these stories has sentience and relationship than is generally the case with stories written or told by others who have come from elsewhere. More on the vital work of the Lustshoodseed Research Foundation can be found at www.lushootseedresearch.org. Also to say that Sasha La Pointe has a book of her own poems, Rose Quartz, forthcoming from Milkweed Editions.
Presented by The Seattle Public Library, Lushootseed Research Foundation, and University of Washington Press in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.