ILCA LANGUAGE RECORDING 2018

Starting January 2018 the ILCA obtained a grant to start recording and transcribing our remaining fluent speakers of the Okanagan Salish language.

Due to the few remaining speakers of our language in the south end of our territory, we have been recording speakers from the northern end of our territories, up into the southern interior region of British Columbia, Canada.
Brandy Baptiste
is hired on as a learner speaker to do the recording and create transcriptions from the audio, to create language reference materials.

Fluent Nsyilxcn Speakers


Kt̓ʕápłniw̓t  Rob Edward
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Is a fluent speaker from the Similkameen Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia. He currently teaches Okanagan Salish language at the En̓owkin Centre, in Penticton and grew up and lives in Chopaka.

Q̓iyusálxqn Herman Edward

Is a fluent speaker from the Similkameen Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia. He currently teaches Okanagan Salish language & Culture at the N̓tamłqn Snmaʔmáyaʔtn school and grew up in Chopaka and now lives in Keremeos. 

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Sʕaláwaʔt Tony Qualtier

Is a fluent speaker from the Similkameen Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia. He grew up and lives in Chopaka. He spent many of his years and continues raising cattle and ranching. 

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Cəq̓cəq̓alqn Arnie Baptiste

Is a fluent speaker from Penticton Indian Reserve in the southern interior of British Columbia. He currently teaches Okanagan Salish language & culture at the Outma Squilxw  school which is also located on the Penticton Indian reserve. 

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Ułxnícaʔ Larry Kenoras
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Is a fluent speaker from the Similkameen Valley & Penticton Indian Reserve in the southern interior of British Columbia. He is a valuable knowledge keeper and shares his drumming and singing with the people and is a horse rancher.

Skalítkaʔ Hazel Squakin

Is a fluent speaker from the Upper Similkameen Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia. She spent years as a Okanagan Salish language & Culture at schools throughout the okanagan and now resides on the Penticton Indian Reserve and has done some work more recently with master apprenticeship.

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Recordings


Sqʷellumt - Captíkʷł 
Every winter the ILCA sponsors a Sqʷellumt / Captíkʷł Storytelling evening at the Green Longhouse in Wellpinit Washington on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Nqilxʷcn speakers come from the Spokane and Wellpinit areas, as well as the northern and southern Okanagan and the Pend Orielle, Bitterroot salish speakers have been attending from Arley Montana. This years was on December 15th and the schedule started off with a traditional feast and then legend stories for the rest of the evening. The ILCA has been sponsoring this event for the last few years and this year we had the opportunity to record the speakers.