Seattle: Hidden Histoires
Seattle: Hidden Histoires
1991 - 1995
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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)

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