Academic Elders: New books by Ken Tollefson and Vi Hilbert, with Jay Miller & Lois Dodson
Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Seattle, WA
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Duwamish Anthropology. A lively panel featuring Dr. Tollefson, anthropologist for the Duwamish Tribe.  The Journal of NW Anthropology recently honored Dr. Tollefson with the publication of a memoir collection of his work on the Duwamish, Snoqualmie and Tlingit.  Joining in is Dr. Miller, JONA's previous honoree and Lois Dodson, the daughter of Vi Hilbert (1918-2008) founder of Lushootseed Research and Press.  Book signing.  Free event.

Dr. Kenneth Tollefson, professor emeritus of Anthropology at SPU, has devoted four decades of his life to documenting the history and living culture of Duwamish people.  
Tribal Trio of the Northwest Coast (Memoir, Journal of Northwest Anthropology) Paperback  February 6, 2015--$14.95 by Kenneth D. Tollefson (Author), Jay Miller (Editor), Darby C. Stapp (Editor)

This Memoir is the life-long collection of work from anthropologist Kenneth D. Tollefson, who came to the Pacific Northwest in 1965 to teach at Seattle Pacific University. Over the years, Dr. Tollefson found time to assist several Pacific Northwest tribes in their struggles to perpetuate and retain tribal autonomy. In this Memoir, Dr. Tollefson presents his work with three Northwest groups; the Tlingit on the coast of present-day Alaska; the Snoqualmie, who live on the western slope of the Cascades east of Seattle; and the Duwamish, who live at and near Seattle on the western shores of Puget Sound in the south Salish Sea.


Jay Miller, Ph.D., author of Lushootseed Culture and the Shamanic Odyssey among other books, specializes in linguistics and coastal Salish people.

Rescues, Rants, and Researches: A Review of Jay Miller's Writings on Northwest Indien Cultures (Journal of Northwest Anthropology) (Volume 47) Paperback  January 30, 2014--$12.00 by Jay Miller (Author), Darby C. Stapp  (Editor), Kara N. Powers (Editor)

Jay Miller is an anthropologist in the old-school Americanist tradition, rescuing, researching, sharing, and writing about cultural contexts, archaeology, history, beliefs, kinship, lifeways, and languages of indigenous peoples across North America. For over four decades, Jay has been especially prolific in the Pacific Northwest, where his record of publication includes several books, over 40 articles in professional journals, and numerous other contributions in smaller publications. Many of these publications represent original research, while others present lost research of forefathers and foremothers found in the depths of university archives, attics, basements, and professional files. Augmenting these works is commentary on method, theory, practice, and politics.

Collectively his body of work provides a major contribution to Northwest Anthropology. To make available the vast amount of information and knowledge found in the writings of Jay Miller, a re-view of twenty-five articles has been assembleda dozen from the pages of the Journal of Northwest Anthropology (and its predecessor Northwest Anthropological Research Notes) along with thirteen new titles. The memoir is divided into seven major parts: Native Worlds, Kinship and Society, Biographies, Food Factors, and Knowledge Quest, Summing Up, and Appendixes, along with references cited and an index.


Daughter of Upper Skagit elder, Vi Hilbert (1918-2008).  Vi Hilbert founded the non-profit, Lushootseed Research,  which  is dedicated to sustaining Lushootseed language and culture to enhance cross-cultural knowledge, wisdom and relations, as shared and celebrated by the First Peoples of Puget Sound, through research, recording, publishing and the presentation of oral traditions and literature.  Lois continues to research the language.

Elders Dialog: Ed Davis & Vi Hilbert Discuss Native Puget Sound Paperback  Large Print, March 10, 2014 by Jay Miller PhD  (Author)

Two esteemed Elders speaking Lushootseed and English discuss a range of topics dealing with family, events, language, ritual, and heritage near Seattle and around Native Puget Sound.

WHEN:  Saturday, May 23, 2015, 1-3 pm.
WHERE:  Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center

4705 W Marginal Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
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4705 W Marginal Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
United States


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