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The Fort of Young Saplings


Vanessa Veselka

This story is a masterful blend of memoir, history, and a contemplation about how we interpret and understand history. The author's father was adopted into the Tlingit people when she was a child. Years later, she follows that tenuous link and ends up exploring the history of a battle that the European-centric historical narrative remembers as an epic defeat of the Tlingit and Tlingit remember quite differently.

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The reminder that how we view history is closely linked with who is telling the tale.
The Fort of Young Saplings
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