June 1, 2019
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Historian David Buerge reveals Chief Seattle
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Chief Seattle wrote nothing down during his life, yet his words—both real and imagined—are known throughout the world. The result is a man made up of both historical and fictional aspects, from which conflicting messages can be gleaned. Buerge spent more than twenty years unraveling his story.
Buerge, biographer and historian to the Duwamish Tribe, Seattle's mother's people, reveals a leader of epic character, warrior, orator, benefactor, and visionary who helped found the city that bears his name: Seattle, the largest city in the world named after a Native American. Chief Seattle's vision was ambitious: a prosperous, multiracial city. But toward the end of his life Seattle saw that vision become a tragedy. In the current century, is Seattle the city edging any closer to the vision of Seattle the man? Buerge explores this complex figure to uncover how one man's story still shapes the identity of the city.