Tulalip, From My Heart

An Autobiographical Account of a Reservation Community

Harriette Shelton Dover
Edited by Darleen Fitzpatrick
Foreword by Wayne Williams

  • Published: 2013. Paperback August 2015
  • Subject Listing: Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir; Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 344 pp., 41 illus., 2 maps, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Series: Naomi B. Pascal Editor's Endowment
  • Contents

In Tulalip, From My Heart, Harriette Shelton Dover describes her life on the Tulalip Reservation and recounts the myriad problems tribes faced after resettlement. Born in 1904, Dover grew up hearing the elders of her tribe tell of the hardships involved in moving from their villages to the reservation on Tulalip Bay: inadequate supplies of food and water, harsh economic conditions, and religious persecution outlawing potlatch houses and other ceremonial practices.

Dover herself spent ten traumatic months every year in an Indian boarding school, an experience that developed her political consciousness and keen sense of justice. The first Indian woman to serve on the Tulalip board of directors, Dover describes her experiences in her own personal, often fierce style, revealing her tribe's powerful ties and enduring loyalty to land now occupied by others.
Darleen Fitzpatrick is the author of We Are Cowlitz: Traditional and Emergent Ethnicity.
Foreword by Wayne Williams
Introduction by Darleen Fitzpatrick
Phonological Key

Prologue: A Sense of Place
1. Treaty Time, 1855
2. Settling on the Reservation
3. Finding Work in the Early Days
4. First Memories of White People
5. Remember (What We Told You)
6. The Tulalip Indian Boarding School
7. Treaty Rights Are Like a Drumbeat
8. Public School and Marriage, 1922 to 1926
9. Political and Social Conditions
10. Legacy
11. Seeing the World

Appendix: The Tulalip Indian School Schedule

"Weaves adeptly between the personal, the communal, and the political....succeeds in telling a story of the past, even as it complicates the academy's categories of what counts as history."
-Danae A. Jacobson, Pacific Northwest Quarterly

"Tulalip, From My Heart is a rich addition to the history of Pacific Northwest Coast tribes and accomplishes Dover's aim to tell Tulalip history from the inside in order to create a more complete historical narrative."
-Laurie Arnold, Montana: The Magazine of Western History

"Boarding school education, treaties, and reservation life are three topics of many that Dover raises from the welcome perspective of a Native American woman who struggled to survive through those trying and troubling times. Anyone seeking a deeper and richer understanding of Native American history, as well as the growth and development of the reservation community at Tulalip, and Dover's long-standing efforts in adulthood to revive the cultural practices and traditions that the Bureau of Indian Affairs had been so obsessed with stamping out, will find Tulalip, From My Heart an indispensable resource."
-Cary C. Collins, Oregon Historical Quarterly