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Lushootseed, Seattle’s original language
Lushootseed, Seattle’s original language

Tribes in our region originally spoke a form of the Salish language, and here in the Seattle area, that language is Southern Lushootseed. Today, there are no people left who speak Lushootseed as a first language, but there are local efforts to keep the language and the culture it represents, alive. University of Washington Assistant Teaching Professor Tami Hohn explains why preserving the language – and sharing it with students – has been a fulfilling personal journey.

Photo Information:
MOHAI, PEMCO Webster & Stevens Collection, 1983.10.9458
MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Photograph Collection, 2000.


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