Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lushootseed Family Nights

Lushootseed Family Nights start in April and continue through the end of May. These will be held every Tuesday night, from 5pm-7pm, at the Lushootseed department Building. (Old Health Clinic - 7627-A 41st Ave NW)

Lessons are laid back and intended for each family to learn ways to bring the language into their home. Staff will provide materials including: worksheets, CD's, DVD's, flashcards and whatever else you may request. There is no cost to attend and it is open to all community members.

There is no pressure to speak in front of the group. Lushootseed staff would like participants to view it as a time to bring families together, enjoy a meal, and learn a beautiful language.

Lessons in the past have included: small prayers, basic words, phrases, and stories. This year will include lessons on the calendar, since it can be used in every day conversations. They will be teaching the days of the week, months, seasons, et cetera.

Lushootseed staff like to ask participants what they want to learn. If you have ideas about lessons that you would be interested in, please let the staff know ahead of time so they can prepare the materials.

The vision at the Tulalip Lushootseed department is to have Lushootseed spoken at every community event in every home.

Thank you for your time and hope to see you at the first Lushootseed Family Night tonight, April 7th at 5pm.

Dinner will be served potluck style, so if you want to attend, plan ahead to bring a dish.

For more information, contact Natosha Gobin, Lushootseed Language Teacher at (360) 716-4499.