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 Participants to the Wednesday, May 7, Lushootseed Family Night learned the Little Prayer and basic home phrases.Photo/ Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News

Participants to the Wednesday, May 7, Lushootseed Family Night learned the Little Prayer and basic home phrases.
Photo/ Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News

A family approach to Lushootseed language

By Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News

TULALIP – Tulalip Lushootseed Family Night began their summer series on Wednesday, May 7.  The informal classes, held weekly until July at the Hibulb Cultural Center are designed to encourage daily Lushootseed use in the home via basic words or phrases, such as “good morning, how are you” and “clean your room.”

Curriculum is based on participant requests and sections of the Lushootseed Language 101 college course through Northwest Indian College.

Natosha Gobin, Tulalip Lushootseed teacher, will be teaching this summer's Lushootseed Family Night series. Photo/ Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News

Natosha Gobin, Tulalip Lushootseed teacher, will be teaching this summer’s Lushootseed Family Night series.
Photo/ Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News

“Anyone is welcome to attend whether Tulalip tribal member or not. There is no age limit and although we call it Family Night, anyone is welcome to attend,” said Natosha Gobin, Tulalip Lushootseed teacher.

Through the use of crafts, storytelling, songs and games, kids are able to learn the same curriculum as the adult participants, this helps encourage fluency in the household.

“The classes are laid back and intended to empower the speakers within ourselves,” said Gobin, who stresses that participants needn’t fear mispronunciation or fear of learning the language. “Our goal is to find the best ways to bring Lushootseed into the home.”

Lushootseed Family Nights are held Wednesday’s at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Hibulb Cultural Center classrooms. Materials and lessons are free of cost, and dinner is provided.

For more information on the Family Nights or the Lushootseed language, please contact Natosha Gobin at 360-716-4499 or ngobin@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov, or visit the website www.tulaliplushootseed.com. You can also download the Lushootseed Phrases app on Android devices on the Play Store.

 

 

Brandi N. Montreuil: 360-913-5402; bmontreuil@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov

Photo/ Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News

Photo/ Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News

 

Photo/ Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News

Photo/ Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News