Since 2019, The Language Conservancy has partnered with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s language revitalization program. We have supported the creation of new language learning resources in Cowlitz Coast Salish, as well as making existing resources more accessible for community use. We have also provided support during organized events like Language Weekends and Cowlitz Indian Tribe youth events.
The new, digitized Cowlitz Coast Salish dictionary was built off of work established by Dale Kinkade’s Cowlitz Dictionary and Grammatical Sketch. This online dictionary combines Kinkade’s data and mid-1900s field recordings with Emma Mesplie and Lucy James into 3,300 entries that include full phrases, example sentences, and linked audio. The dictionary is available at dictionary.cowlitzsalish.org and free to download on any app store!
The Cowlitz Coast Salish Vocab Builder app contains 273 vocabulary flashcards with acompanying audio and pictures. The vocab is separated into 26 categories ranging from colors and numbers, to cultural items and fishing traditions. This app is free to download on any app store!
The Cowlitz Salish Media Player app allows individuals to access each book’s audio files by pointing their mobile device’s camera over the images and sentences on each page. Sʔíniniɬt kʷu? and ʔit ʔə́x̣n kn t smáynʼ! are both available in this app. Keep an eye out for new picture books and future additions to the Cowlitz Salish Media Player!
Desktop and Mobile Keyboard
Start typing in Cowlitz Coast Salish! The Cowlitz Salish Keyboard installs the keyboard layout setting for the Cowlitz Coast Salish language.
Spatáyʼsmitawn tit sxamʼálaxʷ kɬ ! (“Our Family Is Visiting Us!”)
Spatáyʼsmitawn tit sxamʼálaxʷ kɬ ! introduces Early Learners to words associated with the five senses through a heartwarming story of Grandma visiting her family. The book also includes vocabulary related to body parts.
ʔíɬaniɬt ʔacx̣ʷúqʷɬ (“Eating Together)
ʔacx̣ʷúqʷɬʷu? teaches Developing Learners about subtraction and different foods through a tale about a raccoon family.
Sʔíniniɬt kʷu? (“What are they doing?”)
Sʔíniniɬt kʷu? teaches readers all about verbs like “walking” and “sleeping” alongside words for people and animals.
ʔit ʔə́x̣n kn t smáynʼ! (“I saw a skunk!”)
ʔit ʔə́x̣n kn t smáynʼ! is a story about a boy and his father trying to find a skunk that snuck into their home. This book teaches learners how to describe locations like “under the bed” and “between the curtains” and contains a practice exercise in the back.