Last week, the Squamish Nation announced the release of their first-ever Squamish-English dictionary. The dictionary was developed over the course of a number of years through collaborations with Squamish elders, linguists and anthropologists. Squamish language activists hope that this new resource, in conjunction with the bi-lingual and bi-cultural curriculum offered at their Nation school, will help revitalize a language that currently has no fluent speakers under the age of 65.
In an effort to reach younger generations, the dictionary is geared toward beginning learners. More than a simple dictionary, it also contains the historical record, protocols, and laws of the Sqaumish people. The dictionary, which was published by the University of Washington Press in conjunction with the Squamish Nation Education Department, is available for purchase here http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/search/books/SQUSQU.html.