Cowlitz Salish Language Learning


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.

Online Dictionary

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 and free to download on any app store!

Cowlitz Salish Dictionary for iOS

Cowlitz Salish Dictionary for Android

Vocab Builder

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!

Cowlitz Salish Vocab Builder for iOS

Cowlitz Salish Vocab Builder for Android

Media Player

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!

Cowlitz Salish Media Player for iOS

Cowlitz Salish Media Player for Android

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.