Tellings from Our Elders: Lushootseed syeyehub

Snohomish Texts

David Beck and Thom Hess
As Told by Martha Williams Lamont, Elizabeth Charles Krise, and Edward Sam

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  • Published: 2014
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 640 pp., 8 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
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Rich in cultural and linguistic information, the traditional stories 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 mother tongue.

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 important texts.

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.