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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)

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.


Ron Hilbert č̀adəsqidəb:
The Life and Work of a Coast Salish Artist

Lushootseed Research is pleased to announce the publication of Ron Hilbert č̀adəsqidəb: The Life and Work of a Coast Salish Artist, written by anthropologist Simon Ottenberg, Professor Emeritus of the University of Washington, Department of Anthropology.

Coordination of the project was overseen by Lushootseed Research, directed by Jill LaPointe, the niece of the late Ron Hilbert. The book is rich in biographical information gained from numerous interviews and from the author’s friendship with the artist. Color photographs document the broad range of Hilbert’s work, from watercolor drawings to major installations of cedar and copper. Project activities included the editing of Ottenberg’s draft manuscript, research and selection of artworks by Hilbert, professional photography of the artwork, layout of the manuscript, printing, and distribution. The volume includes 39 illustrations including 35 photographs of Ron Hilbert’s artwork. The book is a unique contribution to the documentation and appreciation of Coast Salish art. This project was made possible with a grant from the 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.

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.

Online Dictionary has now launched!

We are proud to announce that the Lushootseed Dictionary (Bates, Hess, & Hilbert 1994) is now available, and searchable online. This is now possible thanks to the fantastic work of Prof. Deryle Lonsdale, the developer of the online dictionary system.
You can access the dictionary by using the link in our menu bar or going to: www.lushootseeddictionary.org.

Raising Our Children Well - video made by the Puyallup Language Program

This beautiful video was created by the Puyallup Language Program created for our Children's Services program. The video utilizes Lushootseed to teach and focus on positive parenting and healthy families.

Resources may now be ordered online

Now you can order books and other resources directly on this website on the Books link. (The new ordering system uses Paypal.)
Content copyright Lushootseed Research 2014 | All rights reserved. Email: jill@lushootseed.org