At The Edge Of Canada: Indigenous Research
January 29, 2018
Today our guest is settler scholar Dr. Coll Thrush, Professor in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia. We discuss his latest book published via Yale University Press, Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire. Following from his first book, Native Seattle, work that looks at histories of interactions and intersection in the upper northwest of the United States, Coll’s newest book digs into important visits by Indigenous folks from across the world to the metropole of London, England. An ambitious project to say the least, as much for how many important visits there have been throughout the ages but also in how little positive and strength-based, skill-centered archival material there is to work from when writing about Indigenous travellers. Yet, Coll not only finds amazing stories about Maori rugby players or Joseph Tyendinaga attending a courtier masquerade ball, he also insists Indigenous presence, characterization, and international brilliance into the colonial history making appartus. We talk Indigenous history as a discipline, our favourite stories, we narrow down how Charles Dickens’ racism seems to be genetic, and we dish about how amazing these first trans-Atlantic Indigenous travellers reallly were.