Sunday, July 31, 2016


Cecile Hansen. Chairwoman. Duwamish Tribe. Chief Seattle descendant.

Cecile Hansen. Photo: Madeline Crowley ©



I’m talking with Cecile Hansen, Chairperson and Activist for the Duwamish people and their rights at their Longhouse. First though, I should state the obvious, not only is Seattle named for the Duwamish Chief but without the gifts of the tribe to the first white settlers, the city would not even exist as it did. And the Central Area was a part of their territory

This interview has been edited and condensed.



This interview is now available in the book, We Lived Here, published by Chin Music Press: https://chinmusicpress.bigcartel.com/product/we-lived-here-stories-from-seattle-s-central-area




Duwamish LonghousePhoto: Madeline Crowley





Photo from Collection Duwamish Longhouse







Chief Seattle Photo : E.M. Sammis




Duwamish Longhouse, Main Room. Photo: Madeline Crowley





Duwamish Longhouse. Canoe & Carving. Photo: Madeline Crowley




Duwamish Longhouse, Main Room, Ceiling. Photo: Madeline Crowley




Duwamish Longhouse, Main Room, Detail. Photo: Madeline Crowley





Duwamish Longhouse. Floor, Detail. Photo: Madeline Crowley





Duwamish Longhouse. Floor, Detail. Photo: Madeline Crowley





Duwamish Longhouse. Main Room, Post, Detail. Photo: Madeline Crowley





Duwamish Longhouse. Loom. Photo: Madeline Crowley






Duwamish Longhouse. Wall, Detail. Photo: Madeline Crowley





Duwamish Longhouse. Lighting. Photo: Madeline Crowley






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Seattle, WA, United States
I am not a professional photographer nor a trained journalist. At community meetings, it became clear that many of us don’t know each other. We haven’t heard each other’s stories and don't know each other’s circumstances. This is my attempt to give a few people the chance to tell their story, to talk about our community, to say their piece in peace. As such, comments have been disabled. The views and opinions expressed here are those of each narrator and do not necessarily reflect the position of views of the CentralAreaComm.blogspot blog site itself. The CentralAreaComm.blogspot.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any information supplied by narrators of this project. All interviews have been edited and in places condensed.

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