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Duwamish tribe

duwamish tribe, duwamish tribe recognition
The Duwamish Lushootseed: Dxʷdəwʔabš, dxʷdɐwʔabʃ are a Lushootseed-speaking Native American tribe in western Washington, and the indigenous people of metropolitan Seattle, where they have been living since the end of the last glacial period c 8000 BCE, 10,000 years ago The Duwamish tribe descends from at least two distinct groups from before intense contact with people of European ancestry—the People of the Inside the environs of Elliott Bay and the People of the Large Lake Lake Washington—and continues to evolve both culturally and ethnically By historic language, the Duwamish are Skagit-Nisqually Lushootseed; Lushootseed is a Salishan language Adjacent tribes throughout the Puget Sound-Strait of Georgia basin were, and are, interconnected and interrelated, yet distinct Today, some Duwamish people are enrolled in the federally recognized Tulalip Tribes of Washington

The present-day Duwamish tribe developed in parallel with the times of the Treaty of Point Elliott and its aftermath in the 1850s Although not recognized by the US federal government, the Duwamish remain an organized tribe with roughly 500 enrolled members as of 2004 In 2009, the Duwamish tribe opened the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center on purchased land near their ancient settlement of Ha-AH-Poos also written hah-AH-poos in West Seattle, near the mouth of the Duwamish River34


  • 1 History
    • 11 Before white settlement
      • 111 Seasons
      • 112 Society
    • 12 Contact and rapid change
      • 121 Prominent contact-era Duwamish people
    • 13 The Treaty of Point Elliott
    • 14 After the treaty
  • 2 Tribal status
    • 21 Recent history
  • 3 Names
  • 4 Notes and references
  • 5 Further reading


See also: History of the Duwamish tribe, History of Seattle before 1900 § Relations with the natives, and Coast Salish § History

Before white settlementedit

See also: History of Seattle before white settlement

What is now Seattle has been inhabited since the end of the last glacial period c 8000 BCE—10,000 years ago5 Sites at West Point in Discovery Park in Seattle's Magnolia district date back at least 4,000 years Villages at the then-mouth of the Duwamish River in what is now the Industrial District had been inhabited since the 6th century CE6

Thirteen prominent villages were in what is now the City of Seattle The people living around Elliott Bay, the Duwamish, Black and Cedar Rivers were collectively known as the doo-AHBSH, "People of the Inside" see below for more detailed discussion of this name There were four prominent villages on Elliott Bay and the then-estuarial lower Duwamish River 7 Before civil engineering, the area had extensive tidelands, abundantly rich in seafoods8

The people living around Lake Washington were collectively known as the hah-choo-AHBSH, "People of the Large Lake" see below for more detailed discussion of this name Another group strong culturally associated with the "People of the Large Lake" are the Ha-achu-abshs / Ha-achu-AHBSH "People of the Small Lake / People of the Little Lake" living around Lake Union9 At the time of initial major European contact, these people considered themselves distinct from the related People of the Inside, with whom they are joined in today's Duwamish tribe Prior to the construction of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in the 1910s, Lake Washington drained into the Black River in what is now Renton The Black River joined the Cedar and White now Green rivers to become the Duwamish River and empty into southeast Elliott Bay10 With ever-increasing European contact, the People of the Large Lake and the People of the Inside became unified under the rubric of the Duwamish Tribe1112


There were numerous villages in what would become the Seattle metropolitan area as well as the nearby Snoqualmie River valley7 Common to Coast Salish, villages were diffuse: people dispersed in the spring, congregated for the salmon in the summer, and wintered in village longhouses

In spring, salmonberry shoots and bracken fern fiddleheads were foraged, while men hunted deer or elk grazing on the skunk cabbage or the anthropogenic grasslands Camas from nearby prairies would be gathered or traded The grasslands encouraged berries, fern roots, bulbs and other useful plants Garry oaks, whose thick bark helps them survive fires, are typically associated with prairies, and their presence at Seward Park and Martha Washington Parks suggests that anthropogenic grasslands extended between them They may have been planted for their edible acorns

In summer and fall, thimbleberries, salal, raspberries, salmonberries, trailing blackberries, serviceberries, strawberries, huckleberries, and others were foraged The berries were eaten fresh, or dried and formed into cakes to preserve them for winter Mixed with dried fish and oil in recipes, pemmican made hearty late winter fare or compact, hardy provision for travel Women and children would gather important wetland plants such as cattails for mats and wapato "Indian potatoes" for food Crayfish and freshwater mussels were available in the lake

Shellfish and tidal resources were available year round, limited only by red tide or similar infrequent closures From midsummer through November, life revolved around the iconic salmon s√ʔuládxʷ13 and realization of its inspiring power and wealth, both corporeal and spiritual Salmon returned to virtually every stream with enough flow; among these streams was sqa’ts1d “blocked mouth”, now called Genesee Creek, which formerly drained the Rainier Valley The name of the creek suggests that a fishing weir in place blocked the mouth of the stream during part of the spawning season Such weirs were made from the willows that occur abundantly along the lake shore Fish were dried on racks to preserve them for the winter months

During the long wet winter and early spring, the diet of dried fish and berries was supplemented by hunting ducks, beaver, muskrat, raccoon, otter, and bear Winters were for construction and repair, for the arts, socializing and ceremonies, and for stories in a rich oral tradition5

Life was, however, not quite idyllic Northern Coast Salish and Wakashan from harder climates to the north were wont to raid Food resources varied, and resources were not always sufficient to last through to spring The size of the salmon run has always varied tremendously from year to year Nutritional diseases were not very distant There is evidence that an extensive trade and potlatch network evolved to help distribute resources to areas in need that varied year to year, and was potent and effective until European diseases arriving in the 1770s14 and ravished the region for more than a century15


See also: Coast Salish § Culture group or ethnography

There is very little information prior to the 1850s about the ancestors of today's Duwamish people, for a mix of reasons The anthropological societal descriptions provide snapshots of the structures in the second quarter of the 19th century and a little later European contact and changes began accelerating greatly from 1833

For 500 generations they flourished until newcomers came much was lost; much was devalued, but much was also hidden away in the hearts of the dispossessed Their voices insist upon a hearing and the cumulative wisdom of their long residence in this land offers rich insights to those willing to listen The challenge now is to find a way to make knowledge of the ancient traditions, the experience of change and the living reality accessible and available

— David M Buerge, Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest: An Introduction16 Ivar's Salmon House, a restaurant on the north shore of Lake Union, hews closely to the design of a traditional longhouse

Each village had one or more cedar plank longhouses khwaac'ál'al or syúdəbàltxʷ containing extended families in a social structures that foreshadowed the cohousing of today Tens of people lived in each one1718 There are several reasonable approximations to longhouses in Seattle today The entry and beam architecture of restaurateur Ivar Haglund's Salmon House Restaurant 1969 beside Lake Union in Northlake is as authentically accurate as building codes allowed19 Another example is the north face of the Burke Museum at the University of Washingtoncitation needed More recently, the design of the main hall of the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center opened 2009 closely echoes a traditional longhouse3

Villages were usually located facing a beach and body of water or river navigable by canoe, near a creek and drinking water source Beyond the diffuse villages and anthropogenic grasslands, most land was heavily forested Understory tended to be dense along the edges; travel by canoe was generally far more practical than by land The nearby creek dᶻəlíxʷ would often be called Little Waterstútələkʷ, an endearing familiar20

The People of the Inside and the People of the Large Lake, like other Salish, were more a collection of villages linked by language and family ties than a nation or state21 Relationships and stature among family and community were important measures or goals in life

The People of the Inside, the People of the Large Lake, the People of the Small Lake, the People of Lake Sammamish and to a little lesser extent, the People of the Snoqualmie which called themselves S·dukwalbixw /Sduqwalbixw were all closely interrelated in a daisy chain following the geography The "People of the clear salt water" or Suquamish Suqwabš22 were also related Of these, the first two, today's Duwamish, were a relatively dense population on prime real estate, and were the most immediately dispossessed at the time of European settlement

Trading relationships and privileges were extensive between peoples of the entire Pacific Northwest or "Cascadia", including over the passes to what is now Eastern Washington Relationships and trade were often cemented with the world-wide practice of intermarriage Villages were linked to others through intermarriage, which also carried status and trading privileges; the wife usually went to live at the husband's village While each extended family village might have their own customs, there were strong commonalities, particularly in language but also including philosophical beliefs, economic conditions, and ceremonial practices17

The central and southern part of Puget Sound was the primary waterway connecting the greater Lushootseed Skagit-Nisqually Coast Salish Nations Environmental resources were so abundant that the Skagit-Nisqually Salish had one of the world's few sedentary hunter-gatherer societies Life before the arrival of Europeans revolved around a social organization based on house groupings within a village, and reciprocal hospitality within and between villages23

Society was divided into upper class, lower class, and slaves, all largely hereditary17 Nobility was based on impeccable genealogy, intertribal kinship, wise use of resources, and possession of esoteric knowledge about the workings of spirits and the spirit world, making an effective marriage of class, secular, religious, and economic power Like some other Native American groups, the People of the Inside and the People of the Large Lake made their free-born look different: mothers carefully shaped the heads of their young babies, binding them with cradle boards just long enough to produce a steep sloping forehead24 Traditionally, there was no recognized permanent political leadership, which confused and frustrated people of European ancestry when they began to trade and settle in the area There was little political organization that was understood by Europeans The highest-ranking appropriate male would assume the role of ceremonial leader for some timely purpose, but rank could be variable and was determined by different standards17

Contact and rapid changeedit

See also: History of Seattle before 1900 § Relations with the natives

From the 1800s, the maritime fur trade in the Puget Sound-Strait of Georgia accelerated the pace of social and organizational change25 White settlements at sbuh-KWAH-buks Alki and what is now Pioneer Square in Downtown Seattle were established in 1851 and 1852

By the time Coast Salish began to realize the implications of the changes brought by Europeans at ever-increasing rates, the time was late After just five years, lands were occupied; the Treaty of Point Elliott was signed in 1855 There is question about its legitimacy, from the lack of understanding of the two sides about each other to the motivations of the US government and its agents26 Whites recognized leaders more or less at their own choosing, bypassing what they saw as the maddening fluidity of tribal leadership The potlatch was widely banned, and the longhouse soon suppressed1723

Prominent contact-era Duwamish peopleedit

The role of the most famous of the Duwamish, Chief Seattle b c 1784, d 1866; see below for more detailed discussion of his name, is complex and enigmatic27 Chief Seattle's mother Sholeetsa was of the People of the Inside and his father Shweabe was si'ab "high status man" of the Suquamish Chief Seattle's career earned and validated his inherited status As an adult he was among the leaders of his people from the times they were the People of the Inside and the People of the Large Lake to becoming known as the Duwamish tribe Chief Seattle had two wives and seven children, probably the most famous being his daughter, known as Princess Angeline Some of the family tree of Chief Seattle is known today

Chudups John and others in a canoe on Lake Union, Seattle, c 1885

Besides Chief Seattle and his descendants, Lake John Cheshiahud and his family are among the few late-19th century Duwamish individuals about whom anything specific is known He is found in archives as Cheshiahud, Cheslahud, Lake John Cheshiahud, or Chudups John He was one of the few Duwamish people who did not move from Seattle to the Port Madison Reservation He and his family lived on Portage Bay, part of Seattle's Lake Union, in the 1880s, where the photo at right was taken28 According to the Duwamish Tribe, Chudups John had a cabin and potato patch at the foot of Shelby Street either West Montlake Park or the Roanoke neighborhood, on either side of Portage Bay, as late as 1900 on land given him by pioneer David Denny or property he purchased— see Cheshiahud29 Photographer Orion O Denny recorded Old Tom and Madeline, c 1904, further noted in the archives of the University of Washington Library as Madeline and Old John, also known as Indian John or Cheshishon, who had a house on Portage Bay in the 1900s, south of what is now the UW campus30

Duwamish man & woman, Old Tom and Madeline, Portage Bay, Seattle, c 1904 "Old Tom" is almost certainly Chudups John

Chudups John and his family, like Princess Angeline, seem to have been excepted from the law by which Native people had been prohibited from residence in Seattle since the mid-1860s31 Their story is typical of the relatively few Natives remaining in Seattle after proscription, the rest having moved or died of diseases32 In 1927, his daughter Jennie Janey provided a list of the villages along Lake Washington that is a primary source of current knowledge of the village locations5

Hwehlchtid, known as "Salmon Bay Charlie," of the shill-shohl-AHBSH lived in the village of shill-SHOHL on the southern shore Salmon Bay, and was very loath to leave The village near today's Hiram M Chittenden Locks lends its name to today's Shilshole Bay, immediately northwest of Salmon Bay Charlie and his wife Chilohleet'sa Madelline remained in their traditional homeland long after others of their tribe had moved away In about 1905, long-time Seattle Times photographers Ira Webster and Nelson Stevens photographed Salmon Bay Charlie's house at Shilshole with a canoe anchored offshore33

The Treaty of Point Elliottedit

Main article: Treaty of Point Elliott

The Treaty of Point Elliott was signed on 22 January 1855, at Muckl-te-oh or Point Elliott, now Mukilteo, Washington, and ratified in spring 1859 Signatories to the Treaty of Point Elliott included Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens and representatives from the Duwamish, Suquamish, Snoqualmie, Snohomish, Lummi, Skagit, Swinomish, and other tribes The Duwamish signatories to the treaty were si'áb Si'ahl Chief Seattle, si'áb Ts'huahntl, si'áb Now-a-chais, and si'áb Ha-seh-doo-an Other prominent Native American signers included Snoqualmoo Snoqualmie and Snohomish chief Patkanim, identified on the treaty as Pat-ka-nam; Skagit chief Goliah; and Lummi chief Chow-its-hoot The treaty guaranteed both fishing rights and reservations34 The treaty established the Port Madison, Tulalip, Swinomish, and Lummi reservations Reservations for the Duwamish, Skagit, Snohomish, and Snoqualmie are conspicuously absent

As noted above, Coast Salish did not have permanent political offices or formal political institutions that were understood by Whites Due to a documented mix of motivations, Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens appointed chiefs of tribes in order to facilitate goals of his administration The Point Elliott Treaty is further complicated by the style of governor Stevens, and the gulf of misunderstanding between the parties3435

The treaty contains provisions that raised concern by an attorney in the employ of the Natives at the treaty negotiations It also contains the now-famous provision cited by Judge Boldt 118 years later:


The right of taking fish at usual and accustomed grounds and stations is further secured to said Indians in common with all citizens of the Territory

According to Hazard Stevens, son of Isaac Stevens, "The salient features of the policy outlined by Governor Stevens to his advisers were as follows:

1 To concentrate the Indians upon a few reservations, and encourage them to cultivate the soil and adopt settled and civilized habits 2 To pay for their lands not in money, but in annuities of blankets, clothing, and useful articles during a long term of years 3 To furnish them with schools, teachers, farmers and farming implements, blacksmiths, and carpenter, with shops of those trades 4 To prohibit wars and disputes among them 5 To abolish slavery 6 To stop as far as possible the use of liquor 7 As the change from savage to civilized habits must necessarily be gradual, they were to retain the right of fishing at their accustomed fishing-places, and of hunting, gathering berries and roots, and pasturing stock on unoccupied land as long as it remained vacant 8 At some future time, when they should have become fitted for it, the lands of the reservations were to be allotted to them in severalty"36 Italics and underlines added

These goals were significantly different from the verbal assurances provided during negotiations, and all the Native Nations were oral culturescitation needed

After the treatyedit

The United States government did not fulfill its commitments to the Duwamish under the Point Elliott Treaty The Duwamish did not receive a reservation and, indeed, a proposed reservation was specifically blocked in 186637 Some Duwamish joined other tribes and moved onto reservations11 Many moved to the Port Madison Reservation, some to the Tulalip or Muckleshoot reservations38 Others refused to move Some Coastal Salish were passionately unwilling to leave their "usual and accustomed places" a common 19th century phrase that became treaty terms The People of the Inside and the People of the Large Lake the Duwamish in what is now Seattle were and are no exception39

Seattle waterfront with moored Indian canoes, c 1892

In the mid-1860s the US Superintendent of Indian Affairs proposed a Duwamish Indian Reservation along the White and Green River Valleys In 1866, some 152–170 King County settlers petitioned Arthur Denny, the Territorial Delegate to Congress, against a reservation for the Duwamish tribe on the then-Black River, near what is now Renton and Tukwila The first signature was Chas C Terry Charles Terry, followed by Arthur himself and David Denny, H L Yesler Henry Yesler, David "Doc" Maynard and virtually all of the Seattle establishment of the time The petition was forwarded to the Bureau of Indian Affairs BIA The BIA withdrew the proposal40

Visible Native presence in the City of Seattle had disappeared by 1910, effected primarily by city proscription c 1865 and in part by repeated arson1141

Tribal statusedit

The Duwamish Tribe adopted a constitution, bylaws, and further structure in 1925,4243 but as of 2009 they are not recognized as a tribe by the United States federal government44 Individually, the Duwamish people continue to be recognized by the BIA as legal Native Americans, but not corporately as a tribecitation needed

Tribal membership criteria vary by tribe For the Duwamish, in accordance with Salish tradition, enrollment is by the applicant providing a documented genealogycitation needed Consequently, not all Duwamish today are members of the Duwamish Tribewhy According to their own web site, the tribe has 569 enrolled members as of 201442 The tribe is of moderate size with respect to moderately sized federally recognized Washington tribes2vague

The Duwamish were party to land claims against the federal government in the 1930s and 1950s Following the Boldt Decision 1974, upheld 1979 they sought inclusion per the Treaty of Point Elliott, and in 1977 filed a petition, together with the Snohomish and Steilacoom Chillacum, for federal recognition that is still pending as of 200945

The Duwamish Tribe's chances of federal recognition hinge, in large part, on proving they have "continually maintained an organized tribal structure since their ancestors signed treaties with the United States in the 1850s" US District Judge George Boldt 1903–1984 found in 1979 that the tribe had not existed continuously as an organized tribe within the meaning of federal law from 1855 to the present, and was therefore ineligible for treaty fishing rights A gap in the record from 1915 to 1925 prompted Boldt's decision46

According to Russel Barsh, attorney for the Samish in that tribe's effort to gain recognition, which succeeded in 1996, "the Samish proved in a hearing that Judge Boldt's decision against these tribes was based on incomplete and erroneous evidence" This would argue for allowing an appeal of the decision47

In the mid-1980s, the BIA concluded that since the Duwamish Indians have no land, they cannot be recognized as a "tribe"citation needed

In June 1988, 72 descendants of Washington settlers reversed their ancestors and petitioned the Bureau of Indian Affairs in support of federal recognition of the Duwamish tribe The signers were members of the Pioneer Association of the State of Washington, which maintains Pioneer Hall in Madison Park as a meeting hall and archive of pioneer records48

In the mid-1990s, proposals were made in Congress to extinguish all further efforts by unrecognized tribes to gain recognition These were defeated Success or continued failure tends to drift with the national mood and leanings of Congress Effectively, recognition turns upon the mood of Congress with respect to honoring treaties with Native Americans Occasionally tribes succeed, such as with the Boldt Decision in 1974

The Bureau of Indian Affairs BIA denied recognition in 1996 The tribe then assembled additional evidence for its active existence through the decade in question Evidence was assembled from Catholic church records, news reports, oral histories, and further tracing of bloodlines Ken Tollefsen, a retired Pacific University anthropologist, helped assemble the additional data34 This new evidence prompted the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reverse its 1996 decision, and the tribe briefly won federal recognition in January 2001, in the waning days of the Clinton administration49 However, the ruling was voided in 2002 by the Bush administration, citing procedural errors50

The Tulalips have opposed efforts by local unrecognized tribes, contending that the Tulalip tribe a post-Treaty construct are the heirs of an amalgam of unrecognized tribes This is also the case where it comes to the Muckleshoots Such potentially adversarial intentions notwithstanding, the Duwamish Tribe as of November 2009 are currently continuing their litigation for the purpose of gaining tribal recognition in the ongoing case Hansen et al vs Kempthorne et al, Case # 2:2008cv00717, Western Washington Federal District Court, King County, Washington, Judge John C Coughenour presiding

Recent historyedit

Cecile Hansen, 2011

Unlike many other Northwest Coast indigenous groups, many Duwamish did not move to reservation lands, yet still retain much of their cultural heritage In recent decades notable elders are recovering and younger members are further developing that heritage51

Members of the Duwamish continue to be involved in Seattle's Urban Indian culture, as represented in such institutions as United Indians of All Tribes and the Seattle Indian Health Board

While there had been few visible signs of traditional Native culture in Seattle since the early 20th century, in March 1970 local Indians burst back into visibility in the most unmistakable way Bob Satiacum Puyallup, United Indians founder Bernie Whitebear Colville Confederated Tribes and other Native Americans invaded and occupied then-active Fort Lawton, which was originally Indian land, by scaling fences and by scaling the bluffs from the beach The base had been declared surplus by the Department of Defense Under the Treaty of Point Elliott, the United Indians of All Tribes presented a claim to all lands that might be declared surplus After worldwide interest, long negotiations and congressional intervention, an eventual result was the construction and a 99-year renewable lease with the City of Seattle for a 17-acre 69,000 m2 site adjacent to the new Discovery Park after the decommissioning of most of the base The result was Daybreak Star Cultural Center 1977, an urban base for Native Americans in the Seattle area52

Cecile Hansen, great-great-grandniece of Chief Sealth, has been the elected chair of the Duwamish Tribe since 1975, as well as a founder and the current president of Duwamish Tribal Services In line with the re-asserted Native presence in Seattle, the tribe established Duwamish Tribal Services in 1983 as a non-profit 501c3 organization to provide social and cultural services to the Duwamish Tribal community53 Hansen has also dedicated herself to gaining treaty rights for the Duwamish54

James Rasmussen of the Duwamish Tribe has been a leader since 1980 in efforts to restore the Duwamish River, working with citizen groups and other tribe members Accomplishments include gaining federal Superfund Site status for the last 5 miles 80 km of the river from Turning Basin and Herring House Park to the mouth The lower Duwamish was the site of the former concentration of Duwamish villages before substantial European contact The most contaminated spots are being dredged and capped, largely c 2007, overseen by the Port of Seattle and the United States Environmental Protection Agency—and watchdogged Complications ensue from the difficulties in tracing those responsible Riparian cleanup and habitat restoration continues with citizens groups together with the port

These salmon and critters here are my brothers and my cousins I care about them that much And our ancestors are still here They see what's going on, and they hold you responsible55

 - James Rasmussen

Inside the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center

As part of identity and heritage, the Duwamish, after much fundraising, constructed the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center on purchased land across the way from Terminal 107 Park, site of a venerable former village called yee-LEH-khood,56 or Ha-AH-Poos3see Downtown and lower Duwamish River The new cultural center is built along what is now Marginal Way SW, east of what is now Puget Park, and west of the north tip of what is now called Kellogg Island5758

The Renton History Museum Renton, Washington has a small exhibit on the archaeological and cultural history of the Duwamish Tribe59


See also: Lushootseed

In the era since contact with people of European descent, names have changed along with tribal societies

The present-day name Duwamish is an anglicization of Dxʷ'DəwAbš or Dkhʷ'Duw'Absh, "the People of the Inside",11 or more literally "the People Inside the Bay"60 This tribal designation also includes the historic "People of the Large Lake" Xacuabš, Xachua'bsh, hah-choo-AHBSH or hah-chu-AHBSH, People of HAH-choo or Xachu, "People of a Large Lake", "Lake People"

The identical anglicization Duwamish has also come to designate the Duwamish River, which, since its straightening in the early 20th century, has been officially known as the Duwamish Waterway The People of the Inside called the river, including what is today known as the Cedar River, Dxʷdəw The names all originate with dəkʷ or dəgʷ from dəw for "inside something relatively small" in this case Elliott Bay with respect to Puget Sound61

The name Seattle is also of Lushootseed origin The famous Duwamish leader from whom the city name derives is now best known as Chief Seattle, from si'áb Si'ahl, "high status man Si'ahl" The form Sealth is also used, as in the name of Chief Sealth High SchoolHis gravestone gives his name as a baptized Roman Catholic: Noah Sealth Another transcription of the name Si'ahl is see-YAHTLH Lushootseed Skagit-Nisqually Coast Salish did not have political chiefs in a European sense, so "chief" is also rather arbitrary Chief Seattle was prominent in both the Duwamish tribe and the Suquamish tribes Suquamish is an anglicization of Dkhʷ'Suqw'Absh; this has no English translation beyond "People of Suq'ʷ" Suquamish is also found as xʷsəqʷəb, suqʼʷábʃ, ʔítakʷbixʷ, ʔitakʷbixʷ62

The name Seattle for the city dates from as early as 1853;63 the naming is attributed to David Swinson 'Doc' Maynard64

The Duwamish language, Southern Lushootseed, belongs to the Salishan family The tribe is Lushootseed Whulshootseed Skagit-Nisqually Coast Salish The Lushootseed pronounced dʷlɐʔʃútsid pronunciation of the people of the Duwamish Tribe is dxʷdɐwʔabʃ or Dkhʷ'Duw'Absh, or less accurately, Dkhw'Duw'Absh see the footnote for a pronunciation brief65 English does not have equivalents for half of the sounds in the language66

Notes and referencesedit

Most of the following notes refer to sources listed in Bibliography for Duwamish tribe, which also includes the sources referenced in Cheshiahud Lake John and History of Seattle before white settlement

  1. ^ 1 Gibbs 1877, 1967
    11 D'Wamish on the Lake Fork of the D'Wamish River, 152; Sa-ma-mish Sammamish and S'kel-tehl-mish on the D'Wamish Lake now Lake Washington and environs, 101 These are the treaty-era names as they appeared For simplicity, they are not otherwise mentioned in the article
    2 Cf Boyd 1999
  2. ^ a b Roxberger in Davis 1994, pp 172–3
  3. ^ a b c "Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center" brochure, Duwamish Tribe, 2009
  4. ^ The Duwamish Longhouse is open!, Duwamish Tribe, accessed online 2009-04-07
  5. ^ a b c Talbert 2006-05-01
  6. ^ 1 Map with village 33, referencing Dailey footnotes 2, 9, and 10
    11 Dailey 2006-06-14
  7. ^ a b Dailey 2006-06-14
  8. ^ Speidel 1967
  9. ^ Living Lightly on the Lake
  10. ^ 1 Dorpat May 2005, Essay 3380
    2 Talbert 2006-05-01
  11. ^ a b c d Lakw'alas Speer 2004-07-22
  12. ^ Source for detail of the entire section with the heading of "Seattle before the City of Seattle" is per Dailey 2006-06-14, plus additional individual references noted
  13. ^ Bates, Hess, & Hilbert 1994 pp 21, 348
  14. ^ Greg Lange January 23, 2003 "Smallpox epidemic ravages Native Americans on the northwest coast of North America in the 1770s" historylink Retrieved 2011-07-18 
  15. ^ Boyd 1999
  16. ^ David M Buerge, Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest: An Introduction, American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection, University of Washington Libraries: Digital Collections Accessed online 2009-04-09
  17. ^ a b c d e Thrush, Coll-Peter "The Lushootseed Peoples of Puget Sound Country" American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection University of Washington Digital Collections Retrieved 29 December 2016 
  18. ^ Suttle & Lane 1990-08-20, pp 491–4
  19. ^ Dorpat 2005-03-23, May 2005, Essay 2499
  20. ^ 1 Bates, Hess, & Hilbert 1994 pp xii–xiii, 302
    11 dᶻəlíxʷ, l is "barred l", voiceless lateral alveolar fricative Ibid
  21. ^ Anderson & Green 2001-05-27
  22. ^ The Suquamish - History and Culture
  23. ^ a b 1 Beck 1993
    2 Cole & Chaikin 1990
  24. ^ Miller 1996
  25. ^ 1 Harmon in Hoxie 1996, pp 522–3
    2 Miller in Hoxie 1996, p 575
  26. ^ 1 Bates, Hess, & Hilbert 1994 p 261
    2 Morgan 1951, 1982, pp 11–57; 41, 54
  27. ^ Buerge nd
  28. ^ "Chudups John and others in a canoe on Lake Union, Seattle, ca 1885" JPEG from silver gelatin print Seattle Historical Society Collection University of Washington Digital Collections c 1885 Retrieved 2006-06-06 
    Negative Number: SHS 2228, Museum of History and Industry, Seattle
  29. ^ 1 "Lake John" Duwamish Tribe Archived from the original on 2006-06-16 Retrieved 2006-04-21 
    The Duwamish Tribe site attributes this photo courtesy of the Museum of History and Industry
    2 Talbert 2006-05-01 says on land he bought
  30. ^ Denny c 1904: "Old Tom and Madeline at their house on Portage Bay across from where the University of Washington campus is today" Old Tom was also known as Indian John or Cheshishon, so they are likely also Lake John Cheshiahud and Tleboletsa
  31. ^ Lange & Tate 1998-11-04
  32. ^ 1Historical epidemiology shows 62% losses from the mid-1770s through the mid-1860s due to introduced diseases, continuing to the mid-1870s before abating 11Boyd 1999
  33. ^ Webster & Stevens c 1905
  34. ^ a b c Long 20 January 2001, Essay 2951
  35. ^ Morgan 1951, 1982, pp 20–54
  36. ^ 1 Stevens, Hazard son 1901 Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume 1 of 2 Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, Copyright expired
    11 NB: Referenced in "Treaties and Councils: Stevens' Entourage" The Treaty Trail: US - Indian Treaty Councils in the Northwest Washington State History Museum Retrieved 2006-07-21 
  37. ^ 1 Lakw'alas Speer 2004-07-22
    2 Anna2001-01-24, Essay 2955
  38. ^ 1 Tate 2001-07-08, Essay 3428
    21 Lakw'alas Speer , 2004-07-22, 2004
    22 Castro & Barber 2001-01-20
  39. ^ Furtwangler 1997
  40. ^ 1 Wilma 2001-01-24, Essay 2955
    2 Wilma 2001-01-29, Essay 2956
  41. ^ Harmon in Hoxie 1996, pp 522–3
  42. ^ a b "About" page, duwamishtribeorg Accessed online 2014-03-25
  43. ^ Text of the Duwamish Tribal Recognition Act, H R 477 introduced by Congressman Jim McDermott January 29, 2003 in the first session of the 108th United States Congress Accessed online 2014-03-25
  44. ^ Chris Grygiel, Duwamish tribe tries for federal recognition -- again, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2009-07-14 Accessed online 2014-03-25
  45. ^ 1 Roxberger in Davis 1994, pp 172–3
    "Steilacoom" in Davis 1994, p 617
  46. ^ Priscilla Long January 20, 2001 "Duwamish Tribe wins federal recognition on January 19, 2001, but loses it again two days later" historylink Retrieved 2014-04-05 
  47. ^ 1 Shukovsky 22 March 1996
    2 Crowley & Wilma 2003-02-23, Essay 5282
    3 Brown 1970, 2001 The Samish Tribe regained Federal Recognition on April 26, 1996, due to the efforts of Russel Barsh after over two decades of legal action to overturn a clerical error that affected all the unrecognized tribes See the Samish tribe website for further details
  48. ^ Wilma 2001-01-24, Essay 2956
  49. ^ Castro & Barber 2001-01-20
  50. ^ 1 Eskenazi 2002-05-14
    2 Shukovsky 2002-05-11
  51. ^ 0
    1 Green 2001-07-26
    2 "The Longhouse" Duwamish Tribe Archived from the original on 2006-04-10 Retrieved 2006-04-21 
  52. ^ 1 Barber 2000-07-21
    2 McRoberts & Oldham 2003-08-15
  53. ^ "About us" DuwamishTribeorg Archived from the original on 2006-06-16 Retrieved 2006-04-21 
  54. ^ 1 Long 20 January 2001, Essay 2951
    2 Kamb 25 October 2004
  55. ^ 1 Ith & Reese 2004-10-03 2 Rasmussen, quoted in Ith 2004-10-01
  56. ^ 1 Nodell 2002-09-01
    2 Kamb 2004-03-29
    3 "The Longhouse" Duwamish Tribe nd, 2002 on page Archived from the original on 2006-04-10 Retrieved 2006-04-21  Check date values in: |date= help
  57. ^ 1 Kellogg Island & Vicinity Habitat Map, Seattle Urban Nature Accessed online 2009-04-10 map "Archived copy" Archived from the original on 2007-09-29 Retrieved 2006-04-21 
    2 "Industrial District" Seattle City Clerk's Neighborhood Map Atlas Office of the Seattle City Clerk nd, map jpg dated c 2002-06-15 Archived from the original on 2007-09-29 Retrieved 2006-04-21  Check date values in: |date= help
    Maps "NN-1030S", "NN-1040S"jpg 17 June 2002; maps "NN-1120S", "NN-1130S", "NN-1140S"Jpg sic 13 June
  58. ^ Blecha, Peter 2009-01-14 "Seattle's Duwamish Tribe celebrates new Longhouse and Cultural Center on January 3, 2009" HistoryLink Retrieved 2009-04-04 
  59. ^ Payton
  60. ^ Bates, Hess, & Hilbert 1994 pp 80, 307; other variants are Dxʷdəw=absš or Dxʷdu=ábš
  61. ^ 1 Dassow of Bates, Hess, & Hilbert 1994 pp vii–iix, 80, 307
    2 Dailey 2006-06-14
  62. ^ 1 Lakw'alas Speer 2004-07-22
    2 Suttle & Lane 1990-08-20, pp 486–7
    3 Bates, Hess, & Hilbert 1994 pp 18, 202, 361, 338
  63. ^ Speidel 1978
  64. ^ Morgan 1951, 1982, "Maynard" pp 11–57; Si'ahl, pp 41, 54
  65. ^ 1 Dkhʷ'Duw'Absh, dxʷ-lɐʔʃútsid, dxʷ-dɐwʔabʃ
    The is a glottal stop
    a is usually like the English "a" in "father", occasionally the "a" in "at"
    The ɐ schwa is an inverted "a" rotated 180 degrees; very approximately the vowel in English "but", "of", the first sound of "around" a mid central vowel The ɐ schwa may be silent in casual conversion
    h is like the English "h" in "happy" IPA "voiceless glottal slide"
    kʷ is approximately the English "qu" in "quick"
    u depends on the sounds around it; it can be like the vowels in English "boot" and "boat" IPA rounded non-low back vowel
    b, d, s are approximately like English š, small s with caron or "s-wedge" is like the English "sh" in "ship"
    The hyphen divides modifier prefixes from roots, for dictionary lookup convenience
    11 Bates, Hess, & Hilbert 1994 pp xii–xiv
    21 dxʷ-lɐʔʃútsid and dxʷd-ɐwʔabʃ per Ibid pp 85, 307, 328
    22 Published words are IPA Northern Lushootseed Dkhʷ'Duw'Absh Southern Lushootseed can be slightly different
    221 Ibid, pp vii–ix, xi–xiv
    3 Dkhʷ'Duw'Absh per Lakw'alas
  66. ^ Green 2001-07-26

Further readingedit

  • "Coast Salish Villages of Puget Sound" Particularly useful
  • "Duwamish Tribe" homepage
  • "Duwamish history and culture", Duwamish Tribe
  • "The Lushootseed Peoples of Puget Sound Country", University of Washington Libraries: Digital Collection
  • "Lushootseed Salish Whulshootseed, Puget Sound Salish" Retrieved 21 April 2006
    Vocabulary, pronunciation, orthography, place names, demography, tribes
  • University of Washington Libraries: Digital Collections:
    • Jay Miller, "Salmon, the Lifegiving Gift"
    • David M Buerge, Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest: An Introduction
  • Series: Urban Indian Experience, four-part radio series on the Duwamish produced by KUOW for PRX, 2004–2005 Total running time approximately 36 minutes
  • Summary under the Criteria and Evidence for Proposed Finding Against Acknowledgment of the Duwamish Tribal organization, 1996-06-18, United States Department of the Interior

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