Lynntelle Slim [Navajo] by Eli Secody
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Amber Ashley BS, MPH Bachelor of Science/ Masters of Public Health Kansas University
Chief Seattle was an ancestral leader of the Suquamish Tribe born in 1786 at the Old-Man-House village in Suquamish. His father was Schweabe, a Suquamish Chief, and his was mother Scholitza, a Duwamish from a village near present Kent. Seattle was a six years old when Captain George Vancouver anchored in Suquamish waters off Bainbridge Island in 1792.
Seattle achieved his status as chief of the Suquamish and a confederation of Duwamish bands after he planned and executed an attack strategy that saved the Central Puget Sound people from a sneak attack from upriver tribal forces from present King County. Seattle, who was in his early twenties at the time, devised a plan calling for falling trees across the White (now Green) River above Renton that would capsize and disorient the raiding party allowing for Seattle’s forces to attack and capture them. The plan worked and the people were so impressed that he was promoted to Chief and the former leaders became his sub-chiefs.
#ThrowbackThursday Here’s a couple pics from a photo Shoot Vera and I did a few years ago for the Runway Beauty Native America Calendar.