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Learning Lushootseed in an Environment of Intergenerational Trauma (aired August 2023)

January 1, 2024 - 2:49 am

According to the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), indigenous language learning is increasing in Canada.  Tribes in our region have established multiple language programs to teach Lushootseed, the language of the Coast Salish in the Greater Seattle Area, north to Skagit River Valley, and Whidbey Island, and south to Olympia and Shelton.  At the Tulalip Tribe, Lushootseed Department Manager, Michele Balagot describes her experience learning Lushootseed in a household where her loved ones had experienced the American Indian residential schools.
Producers: Yuko Kodama and Lucy Braginski
Photo: Tulalip tribe