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Lushootseed Language (Whulshootseed, Puget Sound Salish)

Lushootseed or Whulshootseed Salish is a Salishan language of the Northwest Coast, spoken by more than a dozen small Puget Sound Salish tribes (including the Skagit, Swinomish, Snohomish/Tulalip, Sauk-Suiattle, Duwamish, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Puyallup, Sahewamish, Skykomish, Snoqualmie, Suquamish, Stillaguamish, and Squaxin tribes.)
Unfortunately, some of these dialects are no longer spoken today. All told only a few dozen elders are still fluent in the Lushootseed/Whulshootseed language, but some younger people are working to keep their ancestral language alive.

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Lushootseed Language
Lushootseed language samples and resources.

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Information and links about the Puget Salish tribes past and present.

Lushootseed Indian Legends
Introduction to Puget Sound Salish mythology.

Lushootseed Language Resources

Our Lushootseed Language Materials

Lushootseed Vocabulary:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Lushootseed Salish language, with comparison to words in other Salishan languages.
Lushootseed Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Lushootseed words.
Lushootseed Animal Words:
    Picture glossary of animal words in the Lushootseed language.
Lushootseed Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Lushootseed language.
Lushootseed Colors:
    Worksheet with pictures of color words in the Lushootseed language.
Lushootseed Food:
    Worksheet with pictures of food words in the Lushootseed language.
Lushootseed Numbers:
    Worksheet showing how to count in the Lushootseed language.

Lushootseed Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Lushootseed Language
     Pronounciation, vocabulary and language resources from an Lushootseed language preservation group.
     Lushootseed orthography and text example.
Puget Sound Indian Language * Puget Sound Language Map * Lushootseed Phonology * Lushootseed Orthography:
    Lushootseed Texts: * Lushootseed Story: * Lushootseed Bibliography: * Puget Sound Bibliography:
    Scanned-in Lushootseed language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Salish Placenames:
     Pacific Northwest place names in Lushootseed, Bella Coola, Shuswap, Straits Salish, Spokane, and Coeur d'Alene.
     Demographic information about the Lushootseed language from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Pacific Northwest Language Domains:
     Language map of Puget Sound Salish and other Northwest Coast languages of Washington, Oregon and California.
Lushootseed Language Tree:
    Theories about Lushootseed's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Lushootseed Language Structures:
    Lushootseed linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Lushootseed Prayer:
    Prayer in the Snohomish language.
*Coast Salish Comparative Vocabulary:
    Early 20th-century wordlists of the Snohomish, Nisqualli, Cowlitz, and other Salishan languages.

Lushootseed Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
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Lushootseed Salish Dictionary
     Lushootseed dictionary for sale.
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Additional Resources, Links, and References

  Lengua Lushootseed:
  Information about the Lushootseed language in Spanish.

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