sqwiilqwul’tul ‘words used when talking to one another’:




Finstad, tisholas (Tracie)

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This project explores the connections between the sounds of our land and the consonant sounds of our hul’q’umi’num’ language, a Coast Salish language spoken on Vancouver Island. These connections were made by listening to sounds found on the land in four areas within hul’q’umi’num’ speaking territory including the mountains, the forest, the river and the beach, and relating them to sounds in the language. In each area, speakers of hul’q’umi’num’ were recorded saying an individual consonant that reflected a sound of the land, as well as a corresponding word list. Some speakers also offered descriptions on how the sound is articulated. The sounds of the land, individual consonant sounds, word lists and the descriptions of articulation were woven together to create eight videos (one per sound), designed to support speakers in developing their pronunciation of the many consonant sounds of hul’q’umi’num’ that are not found in English. This land-based pronunciation resource is intended to develop the acquisition of hul’q’umi’num’ consonant sounds by inviting the land to participate as a teacher.



language revitalization, hul’q’umi’num’, ndividual consonant sounds, sounds of the land