The Voices of Lushootseed
Lushootseed Research is excited about a new feature to our website. Available now and currently under construction is our lessons page. This feature was created to enhance the original Lushootseed language curriculum developed by Thom Hess and Vi Hilbert.
Since many of us grew up speaking English as a first language, many of the sounds required to speak Lushootseed are unfamiliar and difficult to master. Unfortunately, for some of us it is extremely difficult to find time within our busy schedules to travel, sometimes great distances, to where classes are available. In-spite of the heroic efforts of numerous tribal language programs and many dedicated individuals, both Native and non-Native, who continue working tirelessly promoting and teaching the Lushootseed language, their numbers are still very low. The good news is that the number of Lushootseed speakers is growing daily thanks to their efforts!
With many of these challenges in mind we hope the audio clips featured on our lessons page will help and encourage those who endeavor the challenges of independent learning.
We are especially grateful for Vi Hilbert and Helen Ross who recorded all of the lessons in the curriculum. If it were not for their wisdom and foresight none of these audio clips would be available.
liłlaqəxʷ wiẁsuʔəxʷ kwi łasluud tiʔeʔ cədił sx̌ʷudx̌ʷud čəł. [gʷəł čəwatil əlgʷəʔ.]
Future youngsters will be the ones to hear our talk. [and they will learn.]