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12th Annual Lushootseed Conference (2022)

12th Annual Lushootseed Language

Saturday, April 23rd, 2022

At Seattle University

Past Events

Lushootseed Research Lecture Series 2020

Come learn how the Salish language - Lushootseed - has something to teach us through these free lectures!

Where: Seattle University, Indigenous Peoples Institute, Xavier Room 160

1.23 | On Rich Soil

John LaPointe, MA (Swinomish) & Patrick Twohy, SJ


2.27 | Legend and Legacy

Jay Miller, Ph.D.


(for COVID-19 Safety)
| Walking in the Footsteps of the Ancestors:

Coast Salish Artists

Barbara Brotherton, Ph.D.


(for COVID-19 Safety)
| Living Legends:

Lushootseed Stories in My Work and Life

Crisca Bierwert, Ph.D.


11th Annual Lushootseed Conference (2020)

11th Annual Lushootseed Language
Conference: Envisioning the Lushootseed World
“šuucəxʷ ti swatixʷtəd ʔə tiəʔ dxʷləšucid”

Saturday, October 17, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. A day with presenters from local tribal language programs, artists, and scholars to Envision the Lushootseed World!


Agenda (PDF)

Conference Proceedings

9:00-9:15 Welcome & Opening Prayer
Jill tsisqʷux̌ʷał LaPointe (Upper Skagit, Nooksack) and Patrick J. Twohy, SJ (ʔaciłtalbixʷ)
9:15-9:45 “Teaching Under Quarantine: the New Norm.”
Michele Balagot (Tulalip)
9:45-10:15 “suq̓ʷabšucid.”
Lena Maloney (Suquamish) & Randi Purser-Smith (Suquamish)
10:15-10:45 “Teacher of the Living Lushootseed Language.”
James Ironheart (Sauk Suiattle)
10:45-11:15 “Heritage Language and Dual Language Learning and Teaching: Idea Sharing with the Lushootseed Community.”
Michele Anciaux-Aoki, Ph.D., P.M.P. International Education & World Languages Advocate
11:15-11:45 “Metrics for Measuring Language Vitality Through Network Analysis.”
Zalmai ʔəswəli Zahir (Sioux)
11:45-1:00 LUNCH break/Networking
1:00-1:30 “Lushootseed within Art.”
Paige Pettibon (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes)
1:30-2:00 “p̓aʔcut, tibicut, ʔuyayus čəł ʔə tiił txʷəlšucid. Try, work hard, working together for Lushootseed.”
Charlotte Basch (Puyallup, Clatsop-Nehalem) & Irene McCloud (Puyallup, Nisqually)
2:00-2:30 “ti sqaləxʷ ʔə tiił wələx̌ʷildubutčəł. The circle of our strengthening”.
David Sway-la Cougar Duenas (Puyallup, Blackfeet, Comanche)
2:30-3:00 Closing Remarks.
Jill tsisqʷux̌ʷał LaPointe (Upper Skagit, Nooksack)

10th Annual Lushootseed Conference (2019)

ʔuqʷulalikʷ čəł ʔə ti ləkʷaxʷatəb čəł ʔə tiʔił ʔuʔalalus čəł.
We embrace those who have helped us with our practices.

The conference was held on Saturday, May 11th
Conference, 9:00-5:00pm | Dinner, 5:30-7:30

Seattle University,
Fr. LeRoux Conference Room,
Student Center 160

There was a special dinner following the conference to celebrate and present the first Vi Hilbert Award! (5:30-7:30)

2018 Lushootseed Conference

Lushootseed Language Conference 2018, tiʔiʔəʔ syəyəhub tul̕ʔal ti swatixʷtəd. Stories from the Land.
Download a Printable PDF of the Poster

2018's conference was held on May 12th at Seattle University.

Thank you to everyone who attended and presented! We look forward to seeing you next year!

Notes and Materials from the Conference

Amir Sheikh - Waterlines Map

The Waterlines Map (online PDF):

Djidjila’letch to Pioneer Square – Animation of Pioneer Square area through time:

Duwamish Meanders: A river ran through it – Some background on the art installation to ‘reveal’ an old bend of the Duwamish River. The page also has links to other materials that I shared:

Moving Land portion of Milepost 31:

You can also check out the rest of the portions of the space:

Lushootseed Language Conference 2017 - Thank you for joining us!

ʔucəłdalbtxʷ čəł ti syəyəhub

"Breathing Life into the Stories"

HAPPENED: April, 29th
WHERE: Seattle University

Poster for the 2017 Conference Click here for a printable poster

Thank you to all attendees of this years conference for making it another success. It was a great day filled with stories, songs and Lushootseed being spoken.

Lushootseed Language Conference 2016

'The Earth is our First Teacher'

Lushootseed Language Conference 2015

'Lushootseed Lives'

Poster for the 2015 Conference

Happened on Saturday, April 25th 2015 at Seattle University

Another successful event - thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered and participated!

Lushootseed Language Conference 2014

Happened on Saturday, May 10th 2014 at Seattle University

Report on the Conference

View Lynn Brannen's fantastic news report on the 2014 conference (in Lushootseed) here: Report on the Conference
Content copyright Lushootseed Research 2014 | All rights reserved. Email: jill@lushootseed.org