Narratives of Salishan: The Untold History
Date of Award
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Open Access (no embargo, no restriction)
Masters Capstone Project
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Ariana Ochoa Camacho
From the Introduction:
"When it comes to Salishan, most of the history that we do know lies in short, unnuanced articles in the Tacoma News Tribune. These articles were, and continue to be, influential in the ways readers view the neighborhood and those who live in it. Written by outsiders who may have preconceived notions, these articles leave no space for residents’ voices and their experiences. Taking this into consideration, the history that we don’t know resides in the minds and memories of those who have lived there, including families that belong to the Puyallup Tribe from whom the land was originally taken. It’s important to examine these perspectives to develop a fuller picture of the neighborhood. Since its origins in 1943, Salishan has had a negative reputation within the larger community. Without the voices of the tenants, negative stereotypes about Salishan will persist. We should ask, 'who’s telling the story?' and 'who’s constructing the narrative of Salishan?' This film project documents the experiences of residents, using their own voices, as an intervention into the dominant negative narrative about Salishan."
Pfutzenreuter, Justi, "Narratives of Salishan: The Untold History" (2019). MAIS Projects and Theses. 58.