Squamish-English Dictionary

Edited by Peter Jacobs and Damara Jacobs

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  • Published: 2011
  • Subject Listing: Language; Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 390 pp., 1 bw photos, 1 color photos, 1 maps,, 7 x 10 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Published with: Squamish Nation Education Department
  • Contents

This dictionary is the first published compilation by the Squamish Nation of Skwxw7mesh Sníchim, one of ten Coast Salish languages. The Squamish peoples' traditional homeland includes the territory around Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, B.C.), Howe Sound, and the Squamish and Cheakamus river valleys. The Squamish language is critical to the Squamish Nation. It offers a view of modern daily life, and contains the historical record, protocols, laws, and concerns of generations of Squamish people, but is also critically endangered today.

This dictionary builds on over 100 years of documentation and research by Squamish speakers working with anthropologists and linguists beginning in the late nineteenth century. The dictionary is also informed by Squamish elders who taught language classes in the 1960s. More recently, the Squamish Language Elders Advisory Group has been involved with and supported the work of the Skwxw7mesh Sníchim dictionary and language recovery initiatives.

This important work is a reflection of current knowledge and is designed as a beginner's resource for a diverse audience of learners and scholars, as well as a tool for exploration.

"This volume is a beautifully formatted, user-friendly, and dependable dictionary. It will undoubtedly serve as an indispensable tool and resource for learners of the Squamish language and for linguists as well."
-Honore Watanabe, Anthropological Linguistics, Summer 2011

"Offers a view of modern daily life but also contains the historical record, protocols and laws of Squamish people that are essential for nation building and retaining culture."
-Indian Country Today, December 2011

"The more elaborate material is in the Squamish to English part, and includes some cultural and historical gems. There are, for example, single words to indicate a variety of ways to walk. . . Summing Up: Recommended."
-Choice, September 2011