Indians of the Pacific Northwest

Indians of the Pacific Northwest

From the Coming of the White Man to the Present Day

Book - 2012
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Prior to the onslaught of the Europeans, the Puget Sound Native Americans who lived there enjoyed a bounty of seafood, waterfowl, and berries, which they expertly collected and preserved. Detailing the associated culture, technologies, and techniques, Vine Deloria Jr. explains in depth this veritable paradise and its ultimate demise.
Publisher: Golden, CO : Fulcrum Pub., ©2012
ISBN: 9781555916886
1555916880
Branch Call Number: 970.1 D375i 2012
Characteristics: viii, 168 pages : maps ; 23 cm

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LMcGuff
Jan 02, 2016

The first white people to arrive in the Pacific Northwest were British traders, looking to take advantage of the established trade routes of the Salish peoples for their own ends: The Makah whalers for whale oil, others for salmon or animal skins. They lived in relative peace with Salish peoples, even intermarrying, although they still brought smallpox. The Americans who came later wanted to establish permanent settlements, which resulted in the occasionally violent removal of first peoples from their lands and the establishment of reservations. I thought this book would be a pretty depressing read, but although it told the story of the thefts of Americans without flinching, it also told the many stories of successes that first peoples have had, in re-establishing their fishing rights and keeping parcels of their lands under their own control. I think this book leaves a lot out, as well, particularly the story of the Duwamish. It was first published in 1977, and an afterword provides an update as of 2011, which takes us through casinos and up to the first Elwha Dam removal.

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