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The subject of this book is a surprising practice that most people don't know about: the Indian slave trade that existed throughout the Pacific Northwest before the arrival of Europeans and persisted into the late 19th century. The Chinook Indians of the lower Columbia River were the most prolific slave traders, but the slave trade network reached all the way to the Tlingit in Alaska and to the Plateau cultures of inland Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Indian slaves were kept as displays of ...more
This is not an easy book to read. The brutality of white ship captains trading in Indian slavery along the west coast appears to be at least as bad as that of those who brought black slaves from Africa. A northern coastal chief's fondness for eating slave boys, and how he went about it, is just horrific. I'm sure it was unpleasant researching and writing this book. But it is history that needed to be recorded. Ruby and Brown are to be commended for taking it on. As always, they back up ...more