Royal BC Museum: International Mother Languages Day, February 21, 2016.

 

Thank you to our friends and colleagues for 12768141_796274740506820_7621181752510952537_oparticipating at the International Mother Languages Day event at the Royal BC Museum on February 21, 2016.

 

George Seymour served as ceremonial speaker.

The evening started off with with Delores Louie singing a prayer song.

‘i tsun ‘uw’ t’ut’i’wi’ulh .
I am praying.

ts’ewutham’sh, tthu si’em’.
Help me, Lord.

hay ch q’u, tthu si’em’
Thank you, Lord.

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Ruby Peter then told the Hul’q’umi’num’ story of t’i’t’ut’um’ (Little Wren).

 

 

 

You can find a subtitled version of this story at:

Ruby Peter’s Stories

The thirty or so participants split into groups and toured the “Our Living Languages” exhibit.

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Darlene Joseph and Suzanne Urbanczyk spoke about the Lukw’ungen language project, showing some examples of their web materials based on audio tapes of Sophie Misheal recorded by Marjorie Mitchell in the 1960s.

 

 

 

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Delores Louie taught a language immersion lesson serving tea in Hul’q’umi’num’, and answered many questions about the sounds and lexicon of the language.

 

 

 

Everyone reconvened for George Seymour to tell his Hul’q’umi’num’ story tu st’kwas stqeeye’ (The blind wolf).

tu st’kwas stqeeye’ – The Blind Wolf

 

 

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Thanks to Kim Gough of the Royal BC Museum and Leslie Saxon of the UVic Linguistics Department for organizing the event. We look forward to participating again next year!!!