Journals Log In | Journals Account Info

Books Cart  
Journals Cart  
 
 
SEARCH
  
Browse Books

Simchat Torah Sale
World War I Sale
Baseball Sale
Football Sale
Rosh Hashanah Sale
New September Books

 


World War I Books
John G. Neihardt Library
UNP e-Newsletter (PDF version)
Recent Award Winners

Facebook page  Twitter  Pinterest

Connect with Us

American Indian & Indigenous Studies

American Indian &
Indigenous Studies e-catalog

Download PDF

History

History e-catalog
Download PDF

Fall/Winter 2014 catalog

Fall/Winter 2014 e-catalog
Download PDF

Spring/Summer 2014 catalog

Spring/Summer 2014 e-catalog
Download PDF

Potomac Books

JPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Gale, Katie Gale, 0803237871, 0-8032-3787-1, 978-0-8032-3787-2, 9780803237872, LLyn De Danaan, , Katie Gale, 0803246986, 0-8032-4698-6, 978-0-8032-4698-0, 9780803246980, LLyn De Danaan

Katie Gale
A Coast Salish Woman's Life on Oyster Bay
LLyn De Danaan

hardcover
2013. 336 pp.
13 photographs, 1 map, 1 chronology
978-0-8032-3787-2
$29.95 t
 

A gravestone, a mention in local archives, stories still handed down around Oyster Bay: the outline of a woman begins to emerge and with her the world she inhabited, so rich in tradition, so shaken by violent change. Katie Kettle Gale was born into a Salish community in Puget Sound in the 1850s, just as settlers were migrating into what would become Washington State. With her people forced out of their accustomed hunting and fishing grounds into ill-provisioned island camps and reservations, Katie Gale sought her fortune in Oyster Bay. In that early outpost of multiculturalism—where Native Americans and immigrants from the eastern United States, Europe, and Asia vied for economic, social, political, and legal power—a woman like Gale could make her way.

As LLyn De Danaan mines the historical record, we begin to see Gale, a strong-willed Native woman who cofounded a successful oyster business, then wrested it away from her Euro-American husband, a man with whom she raised children and who ultimately made her life unbearable. Steeped in sadness—with a lost home and a broken marriage, children dying in their teens, and tuberculosis claiming her at forty-three—Katie Gale’s story is also one of remarkable pluck, a tale of hard work and ingenuity, gritty initiative and bad luck that is, ultimately, essentially American.


LLyn De Danaan is a writer and an anthropologist. She contributed to the book Vashon Island Archaeology: A View from Burton Acres Shell Midden, and her articles have appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History, and Oregon Historical Quarterly.

"This volume is an act of resurrection, well worth the contemporary reader's immersion in another life and time."—Annie Dawid, High Country News
Katie Gale’s story is unique in its scale; few accounts of the nineteenth-century Northwest focus on the life of a single Native woman and her family. LLyn De Danaan’s writing is big history made deeply human, offering insights not just into Native American history but also into the arrival of industrial capitalism on Puget Sound, the politics of statehood and race in Washington, and the profound transformation of local landscapes.”—Coll Thrush, author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place

“I have followed LLyn De Danaan’s writing path for years now. She is talented and bold, and this new book puts her firmly where she belongs—at the heart of the American voice. Good stuff, highly recommended.”—Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway and Into the Beautiful North


Also of Interest

Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest
Katharine Berry Judson


Chevato
William Chebahtah


Blue Tattoo
Margot Mifflin


Sarah Winnemucca
Sally Zanjani