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Lushootseed Language Institute  


This program is made possible by a generous contribution by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.

Lushootseed, a central Salish language, is the indigenous language of 14 tribes in Western Washington within the Puget Sound Region. Lushootseed is a member of the Salish language family.


This 80-hour course is designed to support both the novice and intermediate Lushootseed speaker. For those new to the language, this course will enable you to use Lushootseed on a daily in your home and community. For those who already speak Lushootseed, this course will help you expand your language use. Course includes 80 OSPI Clock Hours for Washington State educators.

This course is a semi-full immersion that includes instruction in conversation, reclaiming domains, language nesting, history, introductory linguistics, games, singing and using multi-media. Topics include: song and dance, linguistics, conversation, reclaiming domains, video language production, language immersion, language advocacy, history, and geography. Watch a performance of Lushootseed songs by last year's participants.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Share the historical, geographical and cultural context of the Lushootseed language in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Use four Lushootseed songs to reinforce language learning.
  • Understand Lushootseed phonetics and morphology.
  • Converse with others in Lushootseed for 10-20 minutes using basic sentences.
  • Understand the concept of reclaiming domains.
  • Plan and incorporate Lushootseed language learning games into daily activities.
  • Create a Lushootseed video for social media.

  • To Register and Pay

    STEP 0: Have credit/debit card or payment documents ready to upload (purchase orders, letter of agreement from 3rd party payer).

    STEP 1: SIGN IN and create a registration account.

    STEP 2: Find the class and click ADD TO CART.

    STEP 3: MAKE Payment or ATTACH Payment Documents: We accept credit/debit cards and Company or Organization 3rd Party Billing or Purchase Order in an up-loadable electronic format as payment. Payment or a document from your payer stating they will fund this class IS REQUIRED at the time of registration.

    STEP 5: Continue through the registration process until you make the PURCHASE the application and see a receipt or confirmation on your screen.

    STEP 5: Complete the Language Survey.


    Lushootseed Language Institute
    Class is not yet scheduled, but we are creating an interest list.
    Instructor: Zalmai Zahir, Danica Miller
    This is a waiting list for information about the next course. This is not a registration form.
    Building/Room: UW Tacoma TBA On Campus,

    Dates, times and fees have not yet been confirmed for 2018. Possible dates include: July 20 - Aug 10, 2018. Please create an account and add your name to the contact list using the Add to Waitlist button.


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