I was born human, raised Lummi, learned I was Panamanian, told I was Hopi, then found out I was not Hopi but Laguna Pueblo. This film “Princess Angeline” is about my People, the Duwamish, I am descendent as I am told by my Elder of Chief Si’ahl (aka Seattle). My lineage in Lummi began when Peter James (great great grandfather) moved from the Duwamish territory north up to the Lummi reservation, of which the BIA so handily dispatched this Duwamish cultural identity and said more or less that you are Lummi because you are here when our rosters are writ. I have a Deep respect for Lummi, and growing up, living there on those waters i am proud to be a part of the community. but my roots began where the concrete business oriented resort known as Seattle now resides. The stripping of the Duwamish of their identity through the racist colonial assimilation and conquest of Native American people, is nothing short of grotesquely colossal in scale, and plagues Native lives in Indian country today. These are my people, the Duwamish, so are the Lummi, so are all my Coast Salish sisters and brothers. My arms extend to all that still feel the sting of history. My relatives lived this atrocity, many died, but we exist, and we will continue to exist as long as we have our history, language, traditional resources, and ability to see ourselves as tenders to the Earth. Please see this film. It is worth knowing whose bones are buried under easily one of the largest economys in the USA. Hychka Siem. – Garrett James (Grandson of Sukadem)
In a lifetime spent unearthing stories from history’s cellar as an award winning filmmaker, Sandra Osawa has discovered her fair share of untidy portions of the past that most would sooner forget. Osawa, however, has made it her mission to shed ample amounts of daylight on the travesties of yesterday and their lingering residue found in our present times.
The local documentarian brings her latest work Princess Angeline- which details the displacement and plight of the Duwamish tribe through the eyes of Chief Seattle’s daughter- to Beacon Hill’s Meaningful Movies next Friday. Osawa, whose films primarily deal with Native American culture, is hoping the screening will inform South Seattleites about the true origins of the land they now occupy.
Emerald: What was it about the saga of the Duwamish Tribe that intrigued you enough to make this film with Princess Angeline as the centerpiece?
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