Tellings From Our Elders: Lushootseed syeyehub

9780774828123: Hardback
Release Date: 15th April 2015

20 b&w photos, 1 table

Number of Pages: 200

Series First Nations Languages

UBC Press

Tellings From Our Elders: Lushootseed syeyehub

The Complete Two-Volume Set

Written by
David Beck
Thom Hess
Twenty-seven traditional Lushootseed stories are presented in this two-volume set, complete with English translations and interlinear grammatical analyses.
Hardback / £273.00

Oral stories form a portal through which rich cultural and linguistic information is passed from generation to generation. The two volumes of Tellings from Our Elders present twenty-seven stories in the Skagit Valley dialects of Lushootseed, the language of the indigenous people of the southern and eastern shores of Puget Sound. These stories – or syeyehub – are told by the last generation to learn the language as its mother tongue, and in many cases were recorded decades ago. Now, they have been transcribed and analyzed by David Beck and Thom Hess, and are published with line-by-line interlinear glosses, to offer a deeper understanding of the structure and logic of the Lushootseed language. This collection opens a doorway to cultural knowledge, specialized vocabulary, and patterns of narrative stylistics typical of Coast Salish storytelling, and will help ensure that the language will live on for future generations.

Volume I

Foreword / Tulalip Tribes Lushootseed Department


Language / Texts / Transcription and analysis / Transcription practices / Presentation / Acknowledgments /

1 seswixab Martha Williams Lamont

Pheasant and Raven / The Brothers of Pheasant's Wife / Changer / Owl Lives There / Little Diver Is the Wife of Heron / Crow Is Sick (First Telling) / Crow Is Sick (Second Telling) / Basket Ogress / Mink and Tutyika (First Telling) / Mink and Tutyika (Second Telling) / Coyote and His Daughter / Coyote's Son Had Two Wives

2 Elizabeth Charles (Charley) Krise

Lady Louse / First Version / Second Version

3 s?adacut Edward “Hagan” Sam

Black Bear and Ant / Black Bear and Fish Hawk / Coyote and the Big Rock / Mink and Tutyika

4 lalacut Agnes Jules James

Basket Ogress

Glossary; References          



Volume II

Foreword | Jay Miller


1 Susie Sampson Peter / Star Child

2 Dora Solomon / Star Child

3 Mary Willup / Star Child

4 Harry Moses / Star Child | How Daylight Was Stolen

5 Louise Anderson / Basket Ogress

6 Martin Sampson / Basket Ogress

7 Dewey Mitchell / Basket Ogress

8 Alice Williams / Basket Ogress

Glossary of Terms


David Beck is a professor of linguistics at the University of Alberta. Thom Hess was a professor of linguistics at the University of Victoria.