A Dictionary of the Saanich Language
This volume is the first complete SENĆOŦEN-English dictionary and also includes a brief introduction to the language and English-SENĆOŦEN, affix, and root indexes. SENĆOŦEN: A Dictionary of the Saanich Language is based on audio recordings made with twenty-six elders, all native speakers. Their words, sentences, and stories made this dictionary possible.
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"It is from the water we emerged, SÁNEĆ (Saanich); ever since our ancestor had seen the land appear, pointing toward it and shouting, "NI QENET TŦE SÁNEĆ LO,TE Á - look what is emerging from the receding water". The time of the great flood had ended and from it we were a people renewed, SÁNEĆ; in memory of that sacred time. Thus, the words that would speak of our identity, customs and so on, were spoken in the SÁNEĆ tongue, SENĆOŦEN. As water had taken the land from us with one flood, another flood had taken the language, to which, a cry to language revitalization is commanded. And so, the language emerges again from those who want it, who learn it, who teach it, who speak it. Again, the words of our grandmothers and grandfathers are being carried on from one generation to the next through education and the capture of their voices in this volume. U, XAXE TŦE SÁ, TE SÁL. NI E,ĆÁ, ĆELÁEN TE TŦE SENĆOŦEN – Our language is sacred. SENĆOŦEN is our ancestry, our culture, our birthright."—PENÁĆ G. David Underwood, SENĆOŦEN Teacher/Language Revitalist
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