COWLITZ INDIAN TRIBE RELEASE NEW LANGUAGE MATERIALS
Congratulations to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe on the recent release of their Cowlitz Coast Salish language learning materials. A Tribal community event was held that celebrated the contributions of the many Cowlitz Coast Salish speakers, language learners, Elders, and knowledge keepers who made the creation of the materials possible.
“Three years ago, I realized that we had very few speakers alive that knew how to speak our Salish or Sahaptin dialect. I am a firm believer that when you lose your native tongue, your Tribe is lost. By partnering with The Language Conservancy and revitalizing our language, we are ensuring our culture and our Tribe will survive and flourish,” says Dave Barnett, General Council Chairman of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe.
The Cowlitz Coast Salish language learning materials include two picture books with an accompanying specialized media player app, an alphabet book, and, perhaps most importantly, a new online and mobile dictionary. The online and mobile dictionary is free to access and download.