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

Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman's Life on Oyster Bay

byLLyn De Danaan

Hardcover | October 1, 2013

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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.
Title:Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman's Life on Oyster BayFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 6.28 × 6.32 × 1.04 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:UNP - Bison OriginalLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0803237871

ISBN - 13:9780803237872

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1. My Lodestone

2. First Salmon

3. Where You Come From

4. Indian Policy during Katie Gale's Time

5. Sometimes I See a Canoe

6. Oyster Bay

7. The Duties of a Woman

8. "Picking Grounds" and the Making of Community

9. The People in Her World

10. Travels

11. Katie Gale's Early Life

12. The Kettle Connection

13. No Crops of Any Consequence

14. Relationships

15. Joseph Gale Was an Enterprising Man

16. The Marks upon Her Body

17. Katie Gale Goes to Court

18. Turn Around

19. Joseph's Complaints

20. The Oyster Bay School

21. Katie Gale Died under a Full Moon

22. A "Broad and Liberal Man" Meets His Death

23. The End of an Era

24. Winter Sister






Editorial Reviews

“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
- Luis Alberto Urrea - 20130305