Indigenous London: Native Travelers At The Heart Of Empire by Coll Thrush

Indigenous London: Native Travelers At The Heart Of Empire

byColl Thrush

Hardcover | October 25, 2016

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An imaginative retelling of London’s history, framed through the experiences of Indigenous travelers who came to the city over the course of more than five centuries

London is famed both as the ancient center of a former empire and as a modern metropolis of bewildering complexity and diversity. In Indigenous London, historian Coll Thrush offers an imaginative vision of the city's past crafted from an almost entirely new perspective: that of Indigenous children, women, and men who traveled there, willingly or otherwise, from territories that became Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, beginning in the sixteenth century. They included captives and diplomats, missionaries and shamans, poets and performers. Some, like the Powhatan noblewoman Pocahontas, are familiar; others, like an Odawa boy held as a prisoner of war, have almost been lost to history. In drawing together their stories and their diverse experiences with a changing urban culture, Thrush also illustrates how London learned to be a global, imperial city and how Indigenous people were central to that process.

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Coll Thrush is associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia, where he is also affiliated with UBC’s Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. Originally from the Seattle area, he lives in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish territories.
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Title:Indigenous London: Native Travelers At The Heart Of EmpireFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.13 inPublished:October 25, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300206305

ISBN - 13:9780300206302

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“In this extraordinarily rich and compelling book, Coll Thrush has succeeded admirably in bringing to life the half-millennium-long phenomenon of Indigenous engagement with London. A terrific work of scholarship and a stunning act of authorial invention.”—Eric Hinderaker, author of The Two Hendricks: Unraveling a Mohawk Mystery