Native American Stories from Puget Sound
- PUBLISHED: April 2020
- SUBJECT LISTING: Native American and Indigenous Studies, Literature, Pacific Northwest / Art and Culture
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 232 Pages, 6.5 x 9 in, 20 b&w illus., 1 map
- ISBN: 9780295746968
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
The stories and legends of the Lushootseed-speaking people of Puget Sound represent an important part of the oral tradition by which one generation hands down beliefs, values, and customs to another. Vi Hilbert grew up when many of the old social patterns survived and everyone spoke the ancestral language.
Haboo, Hilbert’s collection of thirty-three stories, features tales mostly set in the Myth Age, before the world transformed. Animals, plants, trees, and even rocks had human attributes. Prominent characters like Wolf, Salmon, and Changer and tricksters like Mink, Raven, and Coyote populate humorous, earthy stories that reflect foibles of human nature, convey serious moral instruction, and comically detail the unfortunate, even disastrous consequences of breaking taboos.
Beautifully redesigned and with a new foreword by Jill La Pointe, Haboo offers a vivid and invaluable resource for linguists, anthropologists, folklorists, future generations of Lushootseed-speaking people, and others interested in Native languages and cultures.
Authors & Contributors
Upper Skagit tribal elder Vi taqʷšəblu Hilbert (1918–2008) received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1994, taught language classes at the University of Washington, and cowrote the Lushootseed Dictionary. Thom Hess (1936–2009) was a professor of linguistics at the University of Victoria. Jill tsisqʷux̌ʷał La Pointe is director of Lushootseed Research and granddaughter of Vi taqʷšəblu Hilbert.
Engaging, entertaining, and informative. . . Recommended.- Choice
Hilbert writes interestingly and informatively about the storytellers and the culture that produced the tales. . . . This carefully edited collection makes a significant contribution.- Journal of the West
A second edition of this landmark book was warranted to reflect current orthographic and linguistic trends. An appropriate resource for scholars of linguistics, folklore, and indigenous studies.- Choice
The wisdom and teachings found in Haboo continue to offer a . . . resource that highlights a way of being in the world that we have strayed from, and they remain as relevant today as they have been for generations.- from the foreword by Jill La Pointe