Deconstructing Narratives of Subjugation: The creation of Space for the Assertion of the Tuwaduq Historical Narrative

The Tuwaduq are a Coast Salish peoples known today by the name of a single Tuwaduq band called the Skokomish. The Tuwaduq are actively seeking to assert historical truths regarding the relationships that they have had, and in which they continue to engage, with their homelands and waters. Numerous forces have interacted within the Northwestern United States, serving to subjugate the tuwaduq historical narrative in regard to an ancient on-reservation village site known as d3TL'ib, and the village's associated burial ground, d3TLA'bahL. These forces shape the present day conceptions of ownership of not only the physical site, but its history as well. In arguing for the recognition of d3TL'ib and d3TLA'bahL as Indian land, these historical narratives must be isolated and deconstructed. My thesis seeks to deconstruct these subjugation narratives in order to create a space in which Tuwaduq history can be reasserted.


Karen Capuder


Rob Williams





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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences