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February 19, 2018

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Release Date: 10/26/2017

'Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name:' Panel Discussion at The Seattle Public Library Nov. 8

Book jacket for "Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name"

The Seattle Public Library will host a discussion of Chief Seattle and the politics of his time from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.


Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.


The discussion will be moderated by journalist David Brewster and will include the following speakers:


  • Cecile Hansen, Duwamish Tribal Chairperson
  • David Buerge, historian
  • Nile Thompson, linguist


Topics for discussion may include: the treaty signings that would remove the natives from their historic land; the roles of such figures as Gov. Isaac Stevens, Chiefs Leschi and Patkanim; the Battle at Seattle that threatened the existence of the settlement; and the controversy over Chief Seattle's speech.


Panelist Bios

Hansen is a descendant within the family of Chief Si 'ahl (Chief Seattle) and has served as the elected chair of the Duwamish people since 1975.


Buerge is a teacher, historian and writer. He writes books and articles on the Duwamish People of the Seattle, and gives lectures specializing in local history and biography. He is an alumnus of the University of Washington and has been in the Peace Corps. His most recent book is "Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name: The Change of Worlds for the Native People and Settlers on Puget Sound."


Thompson is a linguist and anthropologist. Since 1973 he has been involved in recording and preserving American Indian languages, as well as knowledge of traditional cultures in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.


Brewster is a journalist, executive director of Folio: The Seattle Antheneaum and a civic entrepreneur. He has founded Seattle Weekly, EastsideWeek, Town Hall Seattle and



This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Sasquatch Books and Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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