Cross-cultural marriages, Coast Salish women, Salish Coast, Indigenous wives
Independent historian Candace Wellman spent nearly two decades painstakingly combing local sources regarding “cross-cultural” households created by the unions between Coast Salish women and American men in the northern Puget Sound between the 1850s and 1870s. Out of more than a hundred such cases for which she has data, Wellman focuses on four couples arguing that the “Indigenous wives occupied a middle ground between people of alien cultures” and successfully blended cultures (p. 11). She also contends that the women and their descendants contributed significantly to the social and political successes of tribal communities in the region.
Pacific Historical Review
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Chris Friday (2018) Review: Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast through Cross-Cultural Marriages by Candace Wellman. Pacific Historical Review: Vol. 87 No. 4, Fall 2018, pp. 719-721 DOI: 10.1525/phr.2018.87.4.719
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Salish Indians--Marriage customs and rites--Washington (State)--Whatcom County; Interracial marriage--Washington (State)--Whatcom County--History--19th century
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
Wellman, Candace. Peace weavers
Whatcom County (Wash.)--Race relations--History--19th century
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