θə stqayeʔ ʔə ƛ̓ səl̓ilwətaʔł ʔiʔ tə nec̓ sx̌ʷix̌ʷəy̓em̓: She-Wolf and other Tsleil-Waututh narratives

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Date created: 
2020-08-26
Identifier: 
etd21065
Keywords: 
First Nations narratives
Coast Salish
Həl̓q̓əmin̓əm̓
Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓
Tsleil Waututh
Abstract: 

The ancestors of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking people lived along the lower Fraser River and all around the shores of neighbouring Burrard Inlet in British Columbia. The Central Coast Salish people living here today are their descendants. Throughout the time that we’ve lived here, our elders shared oral narratives that conveyed history, life skills, and the legal and moral code by which our people lived. In the present work, I have restored three oral narratives of the people from the village of səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), originally related by Tsleil-Waututh elders in English. First, the narratives were translated by Dr. Ruby Peter into her həl̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ dialect (Vancouver Island). Once translated, I converted the narratives into the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ dialect. My hope is that these narratives will inspire and inform our younger generation who are working to gain fluency in our language.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Supervisor(s): 
Donna Gerdts
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: Department of Linguistics
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.
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