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11th Annual Lushootseed Conference (2020)


ʔu siʔab,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones in good health and spirits. The coronavirus has significantly impacted our communities and many of our day-to-day activities. Due to the alarming health and safety concerns we have made the decision to postpone the Lushootseed Conference scheduled on April 25th. We hope to secure a date in the fall and will contact you again as soon as we have more information. In the meantime, on behalf of the Board of Directors we wish you and your loved ones the very best of health.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any thoughts, questions or concerns.

Jill La Pointe, Director
Lushootseed Research

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.


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.

Lushootseed Language Conference 2016

'The Earth is our First Teacher'

Lushootseed Language Conference 2015

'Lushootseed Lives'

Poster for the 2015 Conference

Happened on Saturday, April 25th 2015 at Seattle University

Another successful event - thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered and participated!

Lushootseed Language Conference 2014

Happened on Saturday, May 10th 2014 at Seattle University

Report on the Conference

View Lynn Brannen's fantastic news report on the 2014 conference (in Lushootseed) here: Report on the Conference
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