Coll Thrush, a Washington state native and author of Native Seattle: Histories of the Crossing-Over Place, has written a new book published by Yale University Press: Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire. The Seattle Times has just published a glowing review of this already-lauded volume. Coll, an associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia, approached me nearly three years ago to commission me to draw the maps he wanted to include in his manuscript.
Maps were needed to illustrate the locations of the Indigenous peoples who, over centuries, travelled to London to challenge decisions made by those in power over British colonialism in the Indigenous peoples' homelands. The maps were to include simple outlines of the land masses, hand lettered names of the Indigenous nations whose peoples traveled to London, some navigational lines (primarily for ornament), and titles. All four maps appear at the beginning of the book. The one featuring North America is shown below.
When Coll and I first met to discuss the maps, I showed him a sheet of calligraphy samples. He liked this sample as a basic style for the labeling:
In addition to my maps, Thrush has included dozens of antique engravings, photographs, excerpts from letters, and poetry. The result is an enriched manuscript based on extensive research and heartfelt interest in the Indigenous experience.
On the back of the book jacket is this quote: This book confirms Coll Thrush's position as the best historian of place working in Native American and Indigenous studies today. Indigenous London is a major contribution to the growing scholarship of the Red Atlantic. Jace Weaver, author of The Red Atlantic: American Indigenes and the Making of the Modern World, 1000-1927.
Congratulations, Coll, on a finely crafted, original work.