ERIC Number: ED232832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Ways of the Lushootseed People: Ceremonies & Traditions of Northern Puget Sound Indians.
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Seattle, WA.
The book is an attempt to create an appreciation of the complex Lushootseed language, spoken by American Indians in the area between Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains northward to the Skagit River Valley. The book is divided into two parts: readings about Lushootseed life and a brief description of the Lushootseed language. The readings, taken from tape recordings of elders describing the old ways in Lushootseed, have been transcribed in Lushootseed and translated to English. Five ceremonies and traditions--a longhouse scene, the First Salmon Ceremony, the Naming Ceremony, the Power Boards, and the Bone Game--are described in both languages and illustrated in black and white. The second part includes a discussion of the 41 sounds in Lushootseed and their English equivalents, if any; Lushootseed words and phrases; sentence structure; and prefixes and suffixes. It also includes a text analysis of the first three paragraphs of one of the readings and explains the four steps in the Lushootseed-to-English translation process: (1) separating prefixes and suffixes from root words; (2) translating root meanings to English and placing grammatical terms in parentheses; (3) combining root and grammatical terms in a literal meaning; and (4) writing a reasonable English version. (SB)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Languages, Ceremonies, Cultural Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Games, Grammar, Linguistics, Sentence Structure, Syntax, Translation, Vocabulary
Daybreak Star Press, United Indians of all Tribes Foundation, Daybreak Star Cultural-Educational Center, Discovery Park, Seattle, WA 98199 ($5).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Compensatory Education.
Authoring Institution: United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Seattle, WA.
Identifiers: Lushootseed (Language); Northern Puget Sound Indians; Washington