After decades of outlawed culture, a Tulalip revival

Culture July 14, 2022 Culture
After decades of outlawed culture, a Tulalip revival

From Indian Country Today | News by Isabella Breda, Everett Daily Herald

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In Lushootseed, an “s” with a squiggle above it is called a caron. It’s pronounced “sh,” like shore or shout. Pišpiš means “cat.” It’s one of the first words Kaiser Moses learned with his Montessori classmates on the old wooden floor of the Tulalip Dining Hall. The refurbished early 20th century building sits above the rocky shore of Tulalip Bay. Outside the window, saltwater waves lap against concrete rubble.

Years later, Moses learned those are the ruins of a jail.

“And that’s where they used to put kids who spoke Lushootseed instead of English,” said Moses, 19.

Photo by Olivia Vanni / The Herald

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