Making Colonial Knowledge in Algonquian London | Coll Thrush | Early Modern Research Cluster


Friday, January 19, 2018 - 14:00 to 16:00


Buchanan Tower, 11th Floor, Room 1197
1873 E Mall
V6T 1Z1 Vancouver , BC


Dawnland Telescopes: Making Colonial Knowledge in Algonquian London, 1585-1630 | Coll Thrush | Early Modern Research Cluster

In the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, London was still learning to be colonial, and the presence of Indigenous visitors from the Algonquian nations of the eastern shores of North America, whether they came willingly or otherwise, would be crucial to this learning process. More than simply foils or metaphors that appeared in cultural productions of the day, Indigenous bodies and minds informed processes of knowledge-making in early modern London in ways that would have significant ramifications for the future of empire-building, and for the Indigenous nations who were themselves learning to know the English. Drawn from Dr. Thrush’s recent book Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire, this presentation seeks to show the ways in which urban and Indigenous histories were entangled from the very beginnings of the settler-colonial project.


About the Presenter

Coll Thrush is a professor of history at UBC, in unceded Coast Salish territories, and affiliate faculty at the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. He is the author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place, which won the 2007 Washington State Book Award for History/Biography, and was re-released as a second edition in 2017. With Colleen Boyd, he is the editor of Phantom Past, Indigenous Presence: Native Ghosts in North American History & Culture (2011). His most recent book is Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire (2016). Coll’s current project returns to writing about the Northwest Coast of North America with a book entitled SlaughterTown, a history-memoir examining trauma, memory, silence, and landscape in Coast Salish territories and his hometown of Auburn, Washington – formerly known as Slaughter.