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Seattle: Hidden Histoires, 1991-1995

Martha Rosler wrote about this work: ‘The city of Seattle is not much more than 125 years old. It was named after a prominent chief of the Duwamish tribe, which was dispossessed along with other local tribes in the settlement of the town. In 1991, I conducted video interviews with some native American residents of Seattle on questions of history and heritage.’ From the recorded interviews, Rosler produced one-minute Public Service Announcements, or PSAs, under the auspices of the Seattle Arts Commission. Four years later, the artist selected eleven of these announcements for her video Seattle: Hidden Histories. These were the subjects and testimonies she selected:
1. Chief Seattle (Vi Hilbert, Lushootseed linguist; storyteller; Upper Skagit elder)
2. The Duwamish (Cecile Maxwell, Head of Duwamish Tribal Council)
3. Duwamish – Fort Dent (Al Rasmussen, member of Duwamish Tribal Council)
4. Urban Indians – latte (Roger Fernandes, Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coordinator, Seattle Indian Health Board; Lower Elwha Clallam)
5. Lady Louse (V. Hilbert)
6. Schooling (Winifred Bracero, Thompson tribal elder, Leschi House, Seattle)
7. Sleeping languages – Lushootseed (V. Hilbert)
8. Urban Indians – postcards (R. Fernandes)
9. Religion (V. Hilbert)
10. Drug programme for kids (R. Fernandes)
11. Big Rock-Skagit origins story (V. Hilbert)

Technical details

Original title:
Seattle: Hidden Histoires
Registration number:
Rosler, Martha
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term
Object type:
Audiovisual recording
Single-channel video, color, sound, 13 min
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term loan
© Martha Rosler
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