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Tellings from Our Elders: Lushootseed syeyehub

Volume 1: Snohomish Texts

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Tellings from Our Elders: Lushootseed syeyehub

Volume 1: Snohomish Texts

Rich in cultural and linguistic information, the traditional stories of the Coast Salish contain the keys to cultural revitalization. This book presents eighteen stories in Snohomish, a dialect of Lushootseed, the language of the Indigenous peoples who live in the Puget Sound basin, as told by the last generation to learn the language as its mother tongue. Many of these stories – or syeyehub – were recorded decades ago, but few were transcribed, and even fewer analyzed. Deep understanding of the structure and logic of these texts has eluded linguists. This landmark study provides this analysis, helping to ensure that the language will live on for future generations.

616 pages


Table of Contents

Foreword / Tulalip Tribes Lushootseed Department

Introduction

Language / Texts / Transcription and analysis / Transcription practices / Presentation / Acknowledgments /

1 seswixab Martha Williams Lamont

Pheasant and Raven / The Brothers of Pheasant’s Wife / Changer / Owl Lives There / Little Diver Is the Wife of Heron / Crow Is Sick (First Telling) / Crow Is Sick (Second Telling) / Basket Ogress / Mink and Tutyika (First Telling) / Mink and Tutyika (Second Telling) / Coyote and His Daughter / Coyote’s Son Had Two Wives

2 Elizabeth Charles (Charley) Krise

Lady Louse / First Version / Second Version

3 s?adacut Edward “Hagan” Sam

Black Bear and Ant / Black Bear and Fish Hawk / Coyote and the Big Rock / Mink and Tutyika

4 lalacut Agnes Jules James

Basket Ogress

Glossary; References          

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