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Salish Teen Wins Gold FCCLA 2011 Medal for Salish Language Work

mathias | August 19, 2011

The number of native Salish speakers has declined by 3/4 in just 6 years, from 200 to 50! However, there’s a chance that number won’t dwindle to 0 thanks to high school senior Rose Bear Don’t Walk (Salish), who became the first St. Ignatius attendee to compete at the state FCCLA: Family Career and Community [...]

Youngsters Learn Some Hul’qumi’num, Choctaw

mathias | June 8, 2011

This year, Beecher Bay (a.k.a. Scia’new) First Nation great grandmother Lee Charles started teaching Hul’qumi’num (a Coast Salish language) to 4th and 5th graders at Hans Helgesen Elementary School in British Columbia to non-Native and Native students alike (including her granddaughter, Danielle Charles-Horne). Charles was first asked to teach by Principal Julia Sahota. Though non-Native, [...]

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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