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The Squamish language is the traditional language of the Squamish people. Our people have had presence in our homelands since time immemorial. We come from powerful ancestors who gained inspirational, even supernatural, gifts. For the entire existence as a people stretching back generations, we have been speakers of Skwxwú7mesh sníchim (Squamish language). Only recently has this been altered.
In our language carries the knowledge, wisdom, and guidance of our ancestors. It defines whats important, and what is good. It shows us what our culture says about learning and acquiring knowledge. It describes things in such detail and beauty, we cannot help by feel the strength of our ancestors by the more we learn of our language. Our language is like an old-growth forrest of the mind.
We built Squamish Language.com to document, share, and promote our language. We do acknowledge there is a risk in putting so much information and resources out there for world consumption. This is why we ask for your respect of what we share with you here. This language belongs to the Squamish people, first and foremost. We also wanted to find the best ways to share our Squamish language with our own people, so they can feel empowered to reclaim their language.
We have a 5-year goal on how we will turn around the possible death of our language. We hope you come back to Squamish Language.com to hear about how we are doing that. Using social media is just the beginning!
SquamishLanguage.com is run by volunteers from the Squamish Nation community.