What's New

From the Director

Recently the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives and Northwest Heritage Resources launched a new website called, Voices of the First People. The site enables us to hear the voices of numerous elders sharing traditional stories, cultural wisdom and history. It is a beautiful tribute to the work of my late grandmother, Upper Skagit elder, founder of Lushootseed Research, Vi taqʷšəbluʔ Hilbert, and the collective wisdom of our ancestors.

The new website is available on-line to the public and easy to navigate. The site provides categories that allow viewers to search information based on their specific interests and offers links to additional resources. The carefully selected video clips provide viewers the unique opportunity to see taqʷšəbluʔ’s graceful poise and eloquence.

It was my grandmother’s dream to fulfill the desires of numerous elders she worked with, to document and share their information so future generations could benefit from their wisdom. It’s a treasure to see the video recordings and hear the voice of my late grandmother, the founder of Lushootseed Research, along with a number of scholars and elders.

I raise my hands in thanks and praise to Jill Linzee, Project Director (NW Heritage Resources), Laurel Sercombe, Curator/Humanist (UW Ethnomusicology Program) and all the other individuals who created this beautiful, educational website. The Voices of the First People website will undoubtedly carry this important information to people all over the world.

To view the Voices of the First People website, go to: https://bela.music.washington.edu/ethno/hilbert/index.html

13th Annual Lushootseed Conference (2023)

Saturday, April 29th, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

In person at Seattle University (a Zoom broadcast will be available as well for those who need to attend virtually)

(lunch Included for in-person attendees)

$40 General Registration
$20 Students & Elders

(Scholarships available, please contact jill@lushootseed.org)

Step 1: Complete the registration form

Step 2: Pay for the registration using this PayPal link

Ron Hilbert č̀adəsqidəb:
The Life and Work of a Coast Salish Artist

Lushootseed Research is pleased to announce the publication of Ron Hilbert č̀adəsqidəb: The Life and Work of a Coast Salish Artist, written by anthropologist Simon Ottenberg, Professor Emeritus of the University of Washington, Department of Anthropology.

Coordination of the project was overseen by Lushootseed Research, directed by Jill LaPointe, the niece of the late Ron Hilbert. The book is rich in biographical information gained from numerous interviews and from the author’s friendship with the artist. Color photographs document the broad range of Hilbert’s work, from watercolor drawings to major installations of cedar and copper. Project activities included the editing of Ottenberg’s draft manuscript, research and selection of artworks by Hilbert, professional photography of the artwork, layout of the manuscript, printing, and distribution. The volume includes 39 illustrations including 35 photographs of Ron Hilbert’s artwork. The book is a unique contribution to the documentation and appreciation of Coast Salish art. This project was made possible with a grant from the 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.

Online Dictionary has now launched!

We are proud to announce that the Lushootseed Dictionary (Bates, Hess, & Hilbert 1994) is now available, and searchable online. This is now possible thanks to the fantastic work of Prof. Deryle Lonsdale, the developer of the online dictionary system.
You can access the dictionary by using the link in our menu bar or going to: www.lushootseeddictionary.org.

Raising Our Children Well - video made by the Puyallup Language Program

This beautiful video was created by the Puyallup Language Program created for our Children's Services program. The video utilizes Lushootseed to teach and focus on positive parenting and healthy families.

Resources may now be ordered online

Now you can order books and other resources directly on this website on the Books link. (The new ordering system uses Paypal.)
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