The story spaal’ yuhi’lum’ (Raven falls) is by Ruby Peter about Raven and how he relates to the natural world around him.
Welcome to our Hul’q’umi’num’ Sxwi’em’ (stories) website
Come in and listen to our stories. We hope that they will help you to learn and enjoy the Hul’q’umi’num’ language. We are Coast Salish. Our home is along the Salish Sea on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Browse through the collection of videos, transcriptions, translations, lessons, and more.
m’i nuw’ilum ’i’ ta’ult tthu hul’q'umi’num’!
’een’thu qwuni | I am seagull
Read, watch, and listen to ’een’thu qwun I am seagull. Photography by Cim MacDonald.
t’it’ulum’ wuxus – Singing Frogs
A childhood reminiscence forms the basis of this story, t’it’ulum’ wuxus (Singing Frogs), told and illustrated by Valerie Bob (Suli’xwi’ye) and translated into Hul’q’umi’num’ and performed by Delores Louie (Swustanulwut).
Story, voice, and artwork by Sonya Charlie (Luschiimtunaat), based on a childhood memory.
’uy’ s’ulhtun – Good diet
Story and photos by Thomas Jones. Hul’q’umi’num’ translation by Ruby Peter.
tthu ne’nuts’uw’t-hwum – The Visitor
A story by Carol Louie (tth’ets’sulwut) with Hul’q’umi’num’ translation and voice by Dolores Louie (swustanulwut).
tthu xelu skweyul ’utl’ suli tth’amuqw’us | Sully Sasquatch’s special day
Sully the sasquatch learns to treasure himself and to appreciate the unique gifts he possesses.
tthu hwquluwun spaal’ – The Angry Raven
Hammy the Angry Raven and his computer games, it even affects his family and his ability to concentrate in class. He couldn’t learn anything.
Thu ’E’uhwiin’ Swew’tu – The Little Sweater
A Cowichan sweater is passed down from generation to generation in this story written and illustrated by Sally Hart with Hul’q’umi’num’ translation and voice by Ruby Peter.
yuw’i’na’qws tthu hwthuthiqut – Ruler of the Forest
yuw’i’na’qws tthu hwthuthiqut was translated by Ruby Peter and performed by Thomas Jones. Sally Hart’s beautiful art work is featured in this video made by Donna Gerdts.
Small Number Stories
kw’i’kw’ushnuts ’i’ tu s’eluhw thi sxt’ekw’ | Small Number and the Old Totem Pole
A movie by Veselin Jungic and the Math Catcher team at SFU, IRMACS Center. Translated into Hul’q’umi’num’ by Ruby Peter and performed by Thomas Jones. Small Number learns the meaning of the totem—it’s good to work together.
kw’i’kw’ushnuts ’i’ tthu thi thqet – Small Number and the Big Tree
A movie by Veselin Jungic and the Math Catcher team at SFU, IRMACS Center. Translated into Hul’q’umi’num’ by Delores Louie. Small Number finds many interesting things in the forest.