You are invited to a series of learning circles offered in partnership with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.
During the series, participants will learn about the Muckleshoot people, their history, culture and language. This will include hearing the language, stories, phrases and songs. Participants will also be asked to try to speak some of these words and phrases.
Muckleshoot tribal member and Muckleshoot Language Teacher Rose Davis will lead the instruction.
Muckleshoot Language & Culture Circles with Rose Davis
This special project is made possible by a tribal language grant from OSPI. The grant has two components. The first is to create a Muckleshoot Language/Land Acknowledgement signage for Highline schools and buildings. The second is to offer teaching around the acknowledgment so that we as a Highline community can actively engage in the learning and intentionally decolonize our spaces.
Rose Davis is an enrolled Muckleshoot tribal member currently residing near the Muckleshoot Reservation. Her current position is Muckleshoot Language Teacher held in the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. She is a mother to three girls. Rose was the first in the Muckleshoot Language Program to receive a teaching certification for Muckleshoot Language through the state of Washington. Shortly after, she began teaching at Muckleshoot Tribal School for students in kindergarten, first, second and special education, as well as afterschool song and dance. There her journey began to expand as she has been able to work with Highline, White River Museum and others.
Rose has strong ties in and is learning her peoples’ way of life; spirituality and religions, canoe journey, gathering of the land, fishing and hunting (learning how to take care of the meat and storing), traditional methods of cooking, medicine making and storytelling, so that all of this knowledge will continue to be passed down.
Rose is very dedicated to the Lushootseed language, culture, arts and the people residing within, near and far of Muckleshoot. Languages have touched her heart. She is continuing to learn other languages and she is currently learning cultural arts to blend language and culture to make them one as they once were. Her only goal is to ignite a spark in the hearts of people to learn or acknowledge Lushootseed, the traditional language; the language of the land! All it takes is one word a day.
Learn more about the Highline Native Education Program.