T’it’ulum’ Wuxus | The Singing Frogs

Hul’q’umi’num’ Name: T’it’ulum’ Wuxus

English name: The Singing Frogs

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

Synopsis: A childhood memory about playing with her brother and singing frogs.

Language: English
Dialect: Hul’q’umi’num’
Media Type: Document & Presentation, Video
Instructional Type: Story
Fluency: Beginner, Intermediate

Find it at: https://sxwiem.hwulmuhwqun.ca/titulum-wuxus-singing-frogs/

More details about this resource:

A childhood reminiscence forms the basis of this story, t’it’ulum’ wuxus (Singing Frogs), told and illustrated by Valerie Bob (Suli’xwi’ye) and translated into Hul’q’umi’num’ and performed by Delores Louie (Swustanulwut). Produced by Donna Gerdts, Linguistics, Simon Fraser University. 2014.

Valerie’s wonderful story tells of a cultural teaching about the singing tree frogs. Based on a true story about her and her brother playing until after dark, Valerie overcomes her fear to get home safely. Valerie drew the amazing art for this story, free-handing in Powerpoint. Delores Louie’s clear pronunciation makes this an excellent story for beginners.

Besides lots of very useful and high frequency vocabulary, the story uses many descriptive, action, and emotional words that really enliven the telling.

This is a favorite with the Simon Fraser University students, and great to use in March when the tree frogs start to sing.

Production Notes:

Story by Valerie Bob
Hul’q’umi’num’ translation by Valerie Bob and Delores Louie
Edited by Valerie Bob and Donna Gerdts
Voice by Delores Louie
Sound recording and editing by Donna Gerdts
Art by Valerie Bob
Video by Donna Gerdts and Carolyn Ruttan
(c) 2014
Funding by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and First Peoples’ Cultural Council

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