Language Program

Welcome to our Lushootseed language resources. Here you will find information that will help you learn more about the language traditionally spoken by the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

Listen to a greeting in Lushootseed:

Historically the Snoqualmie people’s language was not a written language. There was no name to call this language that has been spoken since time immemorial until a man named Thom Hess coined (when someone creates new words) the name of this region’s language to be called Lushootseed.

There are several dialects of the Lushootseed language. Two main ones are the Northern dialect, and the other is a Southern dialect, which is the dialect the Snoqualmie’s originally preferred to speak. Today, the Snoqualmie’s speak the Southern txʷəlšucid dialect due to the vast variety of language materials. These materials were created from the efforts of those that are now passed on that had the foresight to create a nonexistent writing system and audially record first speakers as the use of their native language declined and English became dominate in the Puget Sound region.

Today, these resources have been vital for the work that has been done to restore the language within the tribal community. Even some folks who live on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands are taking time to learn Lushootseed. It is encouraging to now have Lushootseed be embraced by the greater community not just with individuals but at local Montessori schools, public schools, colleges, businesses, libraries, museums, educational materials, public recreational trails, street signage, and more.

Although effort has been made to restore Lushootseed in tribal communities, the Lushootseed language has been labeled as “Critically Endangered”.

The Snoqualmie Tribe is proud of the work that has been done for nearly two decades to create a community of speakers that are actively restoring the language to its peoples.

To learn more about endangered languages in the United States, visit this Wikipedia page about a List of endangered languages in the United States.

Contact:
Angela Wymer | angela@snoqualmietribe.us | 206.854.9837

Resources & Projects

Lushootseed for Canoe Journey

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians’ Puyallup Tribal Language Program created a digital resource of Twulshootseed (txʷəlšucid) phrases and protocol to use and share during the 2018 Canoe Journey Paddle to Puyallup: Honoring Our Medicine. Please click on the link below to be taken to the Puyallup Tribal Language Program website.

Puyallup Tribal Language Program Culture Page

Traditional Story Illustration Collaboration

Follow the link below to learn more about the Culture Department’s Traditional Story Illustration Collaboration Project:

Traditional Story Illustration Collaboration Project Page

Origin of Seasons Storybook – PDF

Told by Jerry Kanim, August 1955
Illustrations by Colleen Barker, 2020
Origin of Seasons Lushootseed Audio for Bear, Rabbit & Full Story

Common Commands

Follow the link below to review common commands in Lushtooseed:

Common Commands in Lushootseed

Greetings & Common Phrases

Follow the link below to review Greetings & Common Phrases in Lushtooseed:

Greetings & Common Phrases in Lushootseed

Common Questions

Follow the link below to review common questions in Lushtooseed:

Common Questions in Lushootseed

Animal Names in Lushootseed

Follow the links below to review animals names in Lushtooseed with the corresponding Lushootseed Flashcards:

Animal Names in Lushootseed – Audio Page

Animal Names in Lushootseed – PDF

Food Names in Lushootseed

Follow the links below to review food names in Lushtooseed with the corresponding Lushootseed Flashcards:

Food Names in Lushootseed – Audio Web Page

Food Names in Lushootseed – PDF

Plant Names in Lushootseed

Follow the links below to review plant names in Lushtooseed with the corresponding Lushootseed Vocabulary List:

Plant Names in Lushootseed – Audio Web Page

Plant Names in Lushootseed – PDF

School Vocabulary in Lushootseed

Follow the links below to review school vocabulary in Lushtooseed with the corresponding Lushootseed Flashcards:

School Vocabulary in Lushootseed – Audio Web Page

School Vocabulary in Lushootseed – PDF

Winter Holiday Vocabulary in Lushootseed

Follow the links below to review winter holiday vocabulary in Lushootseed with the corresponding Lushootseed Flashcards:

Winter Holiday Vocabulary in Lushootseed – Audio Web Page

Winter Holiday Vocabulary in Lushootseed – PDF

Months of the Year in Lushootseed

These print resources are available to follow along with the “Months of the Year in Lushootseed” video found on the Language page of the Culture Department Website.

This video was created to be paired with the 2021-2022 Tribal Calendar artwork, which is why the calendar photos are featured in the video. Historical photos for the months of January-June are provided by the Snoqualmie Valley Museum.

Months of the Year – Audio Web Page

Months of the Year in Lushootseed Photo – PDF

Months of the Year in Lushootseed – PDF

Happy Mother's Day and Related Terms in Lushootseed

Follow the link below to learn how to say “Happy Mother’s Day” and related words:

Lushootseed for Mother’s Day

Happy Veterans Day and other phrases in Lushootseed

Follow the link below to learn how to say “Happy Veterans Day” and related phrases:

Lushootseed for Veterans Day

Holiday Phrases in Lushootseed

Follow the links below to learn how to say these phrases for the holidays:

Lushootseed for Christmas

Lushootseed for Thanksgiving – Gratitude Phrase

Upcoming Gatherings

There are no upcoming events.

“Months of the Year in Lushootseed” Video

Typing in Lushootseed

The following are external links to resources to help you find Lushootseed fonts and keyboard configurations that will let you type in Lushootseed on your computer.

 

Birthday Greeting in Lushoosteed

Listen to Birthday Greetings in Lushootseed:

“Happy Birthday to you!”

This information was relayed to Zalmai Zahir from our late
Chief Earnest (šidut) Barr.

Good News in Lushootseed

Listen to Greeting in Lushootseed:

“Good News!”

Christmas Greeting in Lushoosteed

Listen to Christmas Greetings in Lushootseed:

“Good sacred time!”

Gratitude Phrase in Lushoosteed

Listen to this Gratitude Phrase in Lushootseed:

“We are thankful for this day!”