Monday, April 05, 2010
Battles in Seattles
Last fall, on the tenth anniversary of the Battle in Seattle, many journalists explored the meaning of the event commemorating the democratic uprising against global privatization. Perhaps unmentioned during this celebration was the 1st Battle in Seattle, otherwise known as the Puget Sound Indian War, which took place between indigenous tribes like the Muckleshoot and white settlers in the 1850s. Since my mother and I were both born in Muckleshoot territory on Seattle's Lake Washington shore, the resurgence of Salish tribal culture and its enduring participation in the fight for freedom from privatization continue to intrigue me.