Our traditions and our language are what make the Kalispel people who we are today. The language ties us to the land, our relations, and our past.
At the beginning of the millennium, with only a handful of Tribal elders who could speak fluent Salish, we were in danger of losing our native language. In response, we have developed the Kalispel Language Program in an effort to reclaim and preserve our Salish Language, as well as create a new generation of native language speakers. Over the last several years, we have continued to strengthen and expand the program, and we are beginning to see our efforts pay off. Before, Salish was only spoken at cultural events, such as funerals, wakes, memorials, and gatherings, and it was only spoken by our elders. Now, you can hear it everywhere throughout the community. Through our Language efforts, a new generation of Salish speakers has given life to a part of our culture that was once in danger of extinction. We are doing our best to speak our language and teach.
We have created a 6-level language acquisition path that is designed to take a person form "no-salish" to "pretty darn good" in 18 months. We have also developed many learning tools to supplement the classroom instruction. Please visit the curriculum page and the language software page to check them out.
To learn more about our language revitalization efforts, watch the short video below.
|JR Bluff||Language Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org||509-447-7294|
|Jessie Isadore||Language Coordinatoremail@example.com||509-447-7286|
|Stan Bluff||Salish Language Advisorfirstname.lastname@example.org||509-447-7203|
|Johnny Arlee||Salish Language Advisoremail@example.com||509-447-7280|
|Vickie Leach||Language Teacherfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Yolanda Bowman||Language Teacheremail@example.com||509-447-7450|
|Christina Butler||Language Teacherfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nalene Andrews||Language Teacheremail@example.com||509-447-7121|
|David Bluff||Language Preservation Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org||509-447-7445|
|Barry Moses||Curriculum Developeremail@example.com||509-447-7134|
|Todd Ellingburg||KLSS Lead Teacherfirstname.lastname@example.org||509-447-7461|
|Dakota Littlecrow||KLSS Associate Teacheremail@example.com||509-447-7463|
|David Nenema||KLSS Associate Teacherfirstname.lastname@example.org||509-447-7460|