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:

The Snoqualmie People spoke the Southern dialect (txʷəlšucid) of the Lushootseed language used by many regional tribes who often spoke both the Southern and Northern dialects because of extensive travel in the Unites States and Canada. This language is now on the ‘endangered’ list with few remaining fluent speakers.

The Snoqualmie Tribe Language Department strives to recover and educate the Tribal Community using the Lushootseed language along with relearning the traditional lifeways of the Snoqualmie People. We incorporate our language programs into the Canoe Family, Carving and Natural Resources programs where participants can learn the language connected to their activities.

We encourage you to incorporate the language into your daily lives. Staff works with you to create materials and programs to assist with creating ‘language nests’ in the home and work using online programs, face-to-face tutoring, or home visits in an effort to preserve this language.

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

Resources & Projects:

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

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

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

Upcoming Gatherings

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.

Christmas Greeting in Lushoosteed

Listen to Christmas Greetings in Lushootseed:

“Good sacred time!”