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Lower Elwha Klallam Language Program--Basic Instructional Videos
Lower Elwha Klallam Language Program--Advanced Language Videos
2020 JST Language Calendar
nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm̕úcən -- Klallam Language
The Klallam language (nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əmúcən) has since time immemorial been spoken on the north shore of Washington's Olympic Peninsula from the Strait of Juan de Fuca inland into the mountains. It is also native to some other nearby areas such as Becher Bay on the south of Vancouver Island and on some nearby smaller islands. Klallam is one language in a large family of Native American languages called Salishan or Salish languages spoken in what is now Washington, British Columbia, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.
Klallam Word of the Day
Klallam Language Word of the Day. Learn an endangered Native American (Salishan) language of Washington's Olympic Peninsula one word at a time.
Learn more about the Klallam language at http://bit.ly/dynD9W
Other Language Resources
American Philosophical Society
View some notes on Clallam language and plural formations. The APS Digital Library provides access to a wide variety of digitized items from the holdings of the American Philosophical Society.
Fighting for Dying Languages Podcast
Many Native American languages are slowly dying with the elders who speak them fluently. Kids don’t learn them in school and don’t speak them at home, and most aren’t interested in learning them. They don’t have a use anymore. Everything from movies to iPhones to sports to texting--it’s all in English.
Kenneth Hale, a language advocate who taught linguistics at MIT, said “When you lose a language, you lose a culture, intellectual wealth, a work of art. It's like dropping a bomb on the Louvre.”
In this program, Scott Greenstone talks to everyone from translators to young, “urban” Native Americans about the fight to save these cultures, and how that is everything from building expansive dictionaries to translating Shakespeare to simply writing songs.
UNESCO Register of Good Practices in Language Preservation: The Klallam Language Program
This document describes the process taken by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe to develop a program to revitalize the Klallam Language. It includes the competencies required for teacher certification.
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