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New book, The Complete Seymour, Tony Mattina, ed.

 New book edited by Tony Mattina

The Complete Seymour
Colville Storyteller
Peter J. Seymour
Compiled and edited by Anthony Mattina
Translated by Madeline DeSautel and Anthony Mattina

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.

Seymour_Flyer link to ordering information from the publisher.
The sound files that accompany the book can be downloaded from the Colville Tribes web site:


Updated: April 20, 2015 — 1:33 pm

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