Seattle: Hidden Histoires
Seattle: Hidden Histoires
1991 - 1995
audio archive
image not available online
technical sheet
restricted access: You can access this content from the library computers of MACBA. Come to see us! See timetable of the library

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)

The texts of the MACBA Collection draw on previous documentation. Please let us know if you find any errors.
Enquiry the macba library per més informació sobre l'obra o l'artista.
If you want to make a work loan request, go to
If you want the image of the work in high resolution you can send an image loan request.
for more information, please contact us through the following links
for further information

for further information
Image loan request