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I’ve made a short video excerpt of the game night footage I took at Dustin Rivers’ March 10th language team orientation. We’ve been working with Dustin to train him to teach his community this method of language revitalization. For you WAYK game players out there, you have the skills to easily follow along and play in Squamish language! For the rest of you, I hope this serves as a good peek at the atmosphere the game creates when employed to revitalize a spoken language.

Written by Evan Gardner


Rob Myers

So cool. Heard Willem, saw Evan. Is it an effect of the WAYK game, or of your personalities, that I’m instantly comforted knowing you two are there?

Is that Dustin in the hat?

No direct Squamish translation for “how fascinating!”??? 🙂


Yes, that’s Dustin! Watch him go. 🙂

As for the Squamish translation for “How Fascinating”: “Yékwa7i!”

He marks and uses the squamish translation later on in the looong version of the video, which I haven’t edited yet.

As for any comfort triggered by our presence, in all honesty, I do consider it the game. It’s the culture it creates. It’s just a good time, and it rubs off on everyone. 🙂

Thanks for your comment Rob!

George Adams

An7ma há7lh tíya “ch’á7atl’ ilh ta sníchim!!!” Há7lh syáyos ta nawí! Selhám Dustin!!! Syélpxen


Thanks George for your comment (in Squamish!). I’ll try to get Dustin over here to see if he can answer it. 🙂

Jay Bazuzi

That was really, really cool.

A note for future videos: I had a hard time keeping up when reading the text flowing by. A little slower would be nice.


I checked out some youtube videos on Peter Mansbridge after reading your comment. He looks pretty good…


Thanks. Yes, I agree the text moves too rapidly. I just don’t have sufficient patience with the video work, apparently. 🙂 One of these days we’ll hire (or receive volunteer help) from someone who knows what they’re doing.

I hope you enjoyed playing along with the video in Squamish language…!

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AprilC – I love how you’re able to capture all of the etemenls. From her putting on her makeup to the makeup pallette. You’re just so good at doing what you do. I continue to be inspired. Thank you.

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