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I am Michael Hubbs of the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington State. We are part of the Salish Nation. We have no fluent speakers. I have only recordings and a Lower Cowlitz Dictionary to work with. I am the only one working to bring back our language. My task is mind boggling to say the least. I have no Tribal support to speak of. A few curious Tribal members. None of whom can give the time to learn properly. Currently, I am indexing the recorded words, phrases, and sentences into a written form. I place some language lessons on Facebook, but few pay notice. I am scared that with all my heart that all my efforts will only be a footnote in our Tribal history. I don't want to be an old man who new some Language and was just a novelty.
Michael Joseph Hubbs, 5th gr. grandson of Chief Scanewa
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