Language Nesters

Hul’q’umi’num’ Name: Hul’q’umi’num’ sqwal t’ilum, etc.

English name: Poems for Language Nesters

Producers and/or Creators: Hul’q’umi’num’ Language & Culture Society

Synopsis: Short poems for kids but grown-ups will enjoy them as well.

Language: English, Hul’q’umi’num’
Dialect: Quw’utsun’
Media Type: Audio, Website
Instructional Type: Poem
Fluency: Beginner

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31 short poems with sound files for the language nest children, but you grown-ups will enjoy them as well. Hul’q’umi’num’ sqwal t’ilum — Language song; ’i ’u ch ’i’tut? — Are you sleeping?; ’uy’ skweyul — Good day; lhwet kwun’ sne? — What’s your name?; tthu ’i’tut spe’uth — Sleeping bear; hwisut, hwisut — Shake it! Shake it!; ’ul’mutsun’ — waiting song; ’apun ’i’ kw’ ’apun — Ten & ten; ’e’ut thu slhumuhw — Here Comes the Rain; ’o sii’em’ stl’ul’iqulh — Oh, respected children; ’aa sii’em’, siiye’yu tst — Welcoming guests; tth’ihwum ’i’ ts’ewutham’sh— Please help me; hey’eewulh, hey’eewulh — Goodbye to you all; ts’elhum’ut tthu sta’luw’ — Listen to the river; xe’xe’ tthu stseelhtun — Sacred salmon; stseelhtun, m’i hwiwul — Salmon, come up; tsetsul’ulhtun’ ’u tthu thuqi’ — Fishing for sockeye; nan ch ’uw’ nu stl’i’ — I love you very much; wulh tus kwun’s ‘itut — Bedtime; heen’uy’ulh — Lullaby; wulh ’usup’ tthu skweyul. — The day is finished; xulhust tthu qeq — Feeding the baby; mim’ne’, mim’ne’ — Little one, little one; tselush st’ilum — The hand song; xuthuniws mulima’uqw — Four little ducks; nem’ ch ’a’lu hwtsel? — Where are you going?; shuyulh ’i’ thu sqe’uqs —Big sister, little sister; o stsi’elh xpey’ulhp — O, respected red cedar tree; yuxwule’ st’ilum — Eagle song; Traveler’s song (Sally Hart); slhul’p’ul’exun’ — Bat (Where are you?)

Production Notes:

Poems produced by the HLCS Language Nest team (Rae Anne Claxton, Donna Gerdts, Martina Joe, Thomas Jones, Tara Morris, Sharon Seymour and others) with the help of Elders Delores Louie, Ruby Peter, and Wilma Canute. Edited by Donna Gerdts and Ruby Peter and voiced by Delores Louie, sound recording and editing by Donna Gerdts and Leona George-Peter and web work by Michelle Parent. Some of these have subsequently be made into songs and books.

The HCLS Language Nest is funded by First Peoples’ Cultural Council.

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Keywords: bat, bear, bedtime, cedar, eagle, feeding baby, four little ducks, language nest, lullaby, name, salmon, welcoming guests