In 2002, shortly before she passed away, one of the last living speakers of Sto:lo Halq'emeylem (a Salishan language spoken in Southern British Columbia) visited a small recording studio in Chilliwack, where she recorded an oral version of a story about the creature Sasq'ests (Sasquatch). Her story has now been developed into a multimedia project consisting of the following components:
1) A storybook version, with text entirely in the Halq'emeylem language, consisting of 80 original full-colour illustration panels drawn by a Sto:lo artist.
2) A high quality stereo audio version of her story, suitable for playback on home or car stereo, including complete Halq'emeylem and English version of the story as told by the speaker.
3) A CD-Rom version, which allows the user to view the illustrated text on their computer panel by panel while listening to the phrases. The CD-Rom version also includes a phrase-by-phrase translation, with a phonetic transcription and grammar notes on each phrase.
This story is essential reading, viewing, and listening for anyone interested in learning Sto:lo Halq'emeylem, as well as for those with an interest in the stories, language, and cultures of the First Nations people of Canada. The format makes it useful to learners at all levels, and accessible even to those who have no knowledge of Salishan langauges.
Story by Rosealeen George, illustrations and multimedia development through staff at the Sto:lo Shxweli Halq'emeylem Language Program, Sto:lo Nation.
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