Squamish Dictionary Published

mathias | June 20, 2011

Squamish (a.k.a. Skwxwú7mesh), traditionally spoken in the Northwest Coast, has only about 10 elder speakers remaining out of 3,300 tribal members. After 18 years of work by a small team of Native linguists led by editor-in-chief Dr. Peter Jacobs, the first ever Squamish Dictionary was published containing around 8,000 entries from 32 contributors. It is [...]

Potawatomi Elder Passes Away

mathias | June 1, 2011

Potawatomi speaking elder Cecelia Miksekwe Jackson of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation, Kansas, passed away today at 88. She was a bit of a polyglot who could understand a great deal of Odawa, Ojibwe and English. Last year, she was honored by a ceremonial dinner for her lifelong work in helping make a Potawatomi dictionary [...]

Great Cherokee Nation Symposium Was Held in Mid April 2011

mathias | May 10, 2011

Northeastern State University’s Annual 39th Cherokee Nation Symposium ran from April 11th – 16th, which was, as always, free to the public thanks to financial support from the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, Muscogee Creek Nation Casino, Proctor and Gamble and numerous private donors. Native speaking Cherokee linguist and University [...]

A New Lenape Speaker!

mathias | April 14, 2011

Bronx, NY 1970: A boy named David M. Oestreicher dreams of growing up to be a pre-Columbian Indian. While he did not pursue this dream to the extent of Iron Eyes Cody (Espera Oscar de Corti) and Grey Wolf (Archie Belaney), he did learn Lenape when he was given a Lenape-English dictionary on his 15th [...]

Salish Gets Improved Dictionary

mathias | January 16, 2011

The Northwest Coast Native language Nkwusm (Salishan) got over 4,000 copies of the second edition of the “Selis nyo?nuntn: Medicine for the Salish Language” dictionary, for reference use in their immersion schools in Arlee. Executive director Tachini Pete is the editor, and has studied this language for 16 years. Improvements include new and updated entries, [...]

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