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The River That Made Seattle
The River That Made Seattle

For centuries, the Duwamish River has drawn people to its shores for trading, transport, and sustenance. Unfortunately, the very utility of the river has been its undoing, as decades of dumping led to the river being declared a Superfund cleanup site. Using previously unpublished accounts by Indigenous people and settlers, author BJ Cummings shares the river's story in pursuit of restoring the Duwamish River to its central place in Seattle and Pacific Northwest history.

In this conversation with Duwamish Tribal member James Rasmussen and Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition Executive Director Paulina Lopez, Cummings talks about her own story and what drew her to the river's history. She draws from her book "The River That Made Seattle: A Human and Natural History of the Duwamish" to show both historical and contemporary photos of the river, and create a compelling narrative portraying the people and conflicts that shaped the culture and natural environment. Presented by Town Hall Seattle.


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