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June 1, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2702 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
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Historian David Buerge reveals Chief Seattle

Saturday, June 1, 2019

David Buerge, historian of the Duwamish tribe, talks about the results of twenty years sifting through the conflicting messages of Chief Seattle's life. This event is co-sponsored with Humanities Washington.

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.

Buerge has researched the pre- and early history of Seattle since the mid-1970s. He has published fourteen books of history and biography. Buerge's latest book, Chief Seattle and the Town that Took His Name, is the first biography of Chief Seattle intended for adults.

Buerge lives in Everett.