College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

 American West & Pacific Northwest


Coll Thrush

Professor Coll Thrush
"Indigenous London:
Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire"
Department of History, University of British Columbia

5:00–6:00 p.m. | Monday, 3 March 2014
CUB 210 Junior Ballroom East

Urban and Indigenous histories have usually been treated as though they are mutually exclusive. Prof. Thrush’s work, however, has argued that the two kinds of history are in fact mutually constitutive. In this presentation, Prof. Thrush will present material from his current book project, a history of London framed through the experiences of Indigenous people who travelled there, willingly or otherwise, from territories that became the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Stories of Inuit captives in the 1570s, Cherokee delegations in the 1760s, Hawaiian royals in the 1820s, and more—as well as the memory of these travellers in present-day communities—show the ways in which London is the ground of Indigenous history and settler colonialism.

Prof. Thrush is the author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place (2007), which won the Washington State Book Award for History/Biography, and co-editor of Phantom Past, Indigenous Presence: Native Ghosts in North American History & Culture (2011).

Early postcard of Washington State College (now Washington State University). Courtesy of WSU Libraries, MASC. More about this image »


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