Language

The Mission of the Samish Language Program is to revitalize and reclaim the Samish Language to preserve and strengthen our sovereignty, history and cultural ways; promote traditional values and improve the quality of life for the Samish People, by educating all Samish people in our language to enrich spirituality, dignity, and identity.

Samish Indian Nation received a grant in 2010 from Administration for Native Americans to build capacity for Language preservation. As a part of this project, the Tribe is developing an online dictionary based on the published work done by the linguist Brent Galloway, PhD. Over twenty five years ago Victor Underwood Sr. and Lena Daniels, two fluent speakers of the Samish dialect, agreed to be interviewed and recorded. The voices of those elders can be heard repeating the words in our dictionary. We are forever grateful for the vocal gifts they shared so generously and the chance now for a younger generation to keep their breath alive.

Please check back as the program is growing.

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