The Complete Seymour: Colville Storyteller

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U of Nebraska Press, Jun 1, 2015 - Social Science - 792 pages
Peter J. Seymour was a Salish storyteller. He carried forward earlier tales of elders along with his own experiences as fewer and fewer native speakers were sharing the Colville-Okanagan language and oral literature. To thwart the demise of this language, over the course of a decade he passed along Salish stories not only to his family but also to linguist Anthony Mattina.
The Complete Seymour: Colville Storyteller includes Seymour’s tales collected in the late 1960s and early 1970s, before his death. It documents Seymour’s rich storytelling and includes detailed morphological analyses and translations of this endangered language. This collection is an important addition to the canon of Native American narratives and literature and an essential volume for anyone studying Salish languages and linguistics.

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Preface xiv Symbols and Abbreviations xxi Introduction 1 The ColvilleOkanagan land and its people 1 The languages 3 ColvilleOkanagan social org...
Autobiographical and ethnographic texts 11 Autobiography 11 Harvesting 17 Racing horses 20 A hunting trip 23 Marriage customs 28 After the birt...
Transitive forms and transitive suffixes 118 The suffix y̓ 119 List in tabular form of remaining inflectional affixes 120 Word classes 124 Nominal an...

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Peter J. Seymour was a farmer, family man, hunter, jockey, and storyteller. Anthony Mattina is a professor of linguistics, emeritus, at the University of Montana–Missoula. He is the author of Colville-Okanagan Dictionary and the editor and co-translator (with Madeline DeSautel) of The Golden Woman: The Colville Narrative of Peter J. Seymour. Madeline DeSautel (1888–1979) was a native speaker of Colville-Okanagan. She and Anthony Mattina have co-translated two publications.

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