Tellings from Our Elders: Lushootseed syeyehub
David Beck and Thom Hess
As told by Martha Williams Lamont, Elizabeth Charles Krise, and Edward Sam
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Rich in cultural and linguistic information, the traditional stories
- Published: March 2014
- Subject Listing: Aboriginal Languages
- Bibliographic information: 640 pp., 8 illus., 6 x 9 in.
- Distributed for: UBC Press
of the Coast Salish people contain the keys to cultural revitalization.
Tellings from Our Elders presents eighteen stories in
Snohomish, a dialect of Lushootseed, the language of the indigenous
peoples who live on the southern and eastern shores of Puget Sound, as
told by members of the last generation to claim the language as their
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 and younger generations. In this landmark study,
David Beck and Thom Hess examine the structure of the language, the
richness of the grammar, and the narrative stylistics of these
With English translations, full morpheme-by-morpheme glosses, and a
glossary of specialized terminology, this book is certain to be both an
invaluable resource for scholars and a tool for those who want to
ensure that Lushootseed is used by generations to come.
David Beck is a professor of linguistics at theUniversity of Alberta. Thom Hess was a professor oflinguistics at the University of Victoria.