The goal of The Salish Institute is to breathe new life into the Salish Language...
Yetłxʷasq̓t qe y̓amncut u qe es wičstm łu nxʷlxʷiltn ta es hoy qe cxʷic̓łlt łu qeqł nxʷlxʷiltn iqs šiʔmnwexʷ l es yaʔ łu l es xʷlxʷilt put u yetłxʷasq̓t łu qe nk̓ʷłaxmintn nk̓ʷuʔ wilš łu ne qe es lmntmnwexʷ u qe es cuti lemlmtš č̓ es yaʔ sqlqelixʷ x̣ʷl̓ qe sqelixʷ.
Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as People.
A Beginning Course in Salish & Pend d’Oreille Dialect
The Salish & Pend d’Oreille Comprehensive, Sequenced Language Curriculum
The Salish Institute and SKC Salish Language Department are partnering and adapting the Nsəlxcin Curriculum Project and Kalispel Language Curriculum to create A Beginning Course in Salish & Pend d'Oreille Dialect Language Curriculum. The curriculum model and its organization are provided by Christopher Parkin and LaRae Wiley.
"As with any system or approach, there is no magical result. Every system and approach for learning Salish requires intensive study of quality language material, immersion with fluent Elders and other learners, and a commitment to turning off English. Once you have those 3 things going on, there are many approaches and methods that can be used. I think the trick is to stick to one and to fully implement it until deep fluency is achieved. Selecting, developing, and sticking to one systematic approach is usually the challenge." Chris Parkin 2011
Kalispel Language Program