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Listen to the Salish language through SPCC’s new website

ST. IGNATIUS — The Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee is pleased to announce the launch of a new website, http://www.salishaudio.org. This website offers direct access to the voices of tribal elders speaking in the Salish language. Now students of Salish-Pend d’Oreille language and culture can listen and learn from the real experts — the elders themselves — from the convenience of their own computer or smartphone.

The first segment of this website that has been completed complements the SPCC book, The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Now you can not only read the transcripts, but also listen to the voices of Pete Beaverhead, Mitch Smallsalmon, Mose Chouteh, and Pete Woodcock. In addition, there are recordings by Shirley Trahan, Dolly Linsebigler, Tony Incashola, Pat Pierre, and John Stanislaw.

These recordings are drawn from the SPCC archives of recorded oral history, beginning in 1975. At that time, the small staff asked culturally knowledgeable elders to come in and share what they knew. The elders responded by generously giving their songs and stories — almost all in the Salish language, many of them handed down through tribal tradition from time immemorial.

In time, salishaudio.org will provide access to many recordings, accompanying the SPCC’s forthcoming series of books on tribal history and culture. This year, the SPCC will be adding audio files for two more publications: a new pamphlet on Salish language, and the CD of the Highway 93 place-name signs that was first released in 2008.

The Culture Committee would like to thank David Rockwell for his exceptional donated work on this project. And we wish to thank, most of all, the Salish and Pend d’Oreille elders, past and present, who have so generously shared what they know in the hope that our culture and language will be carried on by the generations to come.

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