Book Group to Discuss “Where the Language Lives” by Janet Yoder

Currently meeting on the Zoom platform from 7-8:30 p.m.

Zoom Link for Social Justice Book Group:

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

(Photo courtesy of Girl Friday Books)


“In 1978, Seattle writer Janet Yoder took a Lushootseed class at the University of Washington with Skagit tribal elder Vi Hilbert.

She was expecting to learn a little about this local indigenous language, but what followed was a lifelong journey with Vi, who endeavored to preserve a language on the brink of disappearance. Thanks to Vi Hilbert’s efforts and to all those who have now taken it on, Lushootseed is on the rise.

Drawn from thirty years of friendship, adventures, and interviews, Where the Language Lives is a tribute to Vi Hilbert’s life, work, and quest to preserve her native language. Her historical preservation efforts were recognized with a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and she was named a Washington State Living Treasure in 1989…”

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