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Review: ‘Where the Language Lives: Vi Hilbert and the Gift of the Lushootseed’ by Janet Yoder

Essays reveal a woman whose impact on Indigenous culture is immeasurable

Author Janet Yoder smiles for the camera with her hands together.
Author Janet Yoder first met Vi Hilbert as a student at the University of Washington. For more than 30 years, she worked with Hilbert to preserve the Lushootseed language of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe. Yoder's book, "Where the Language Lives: Vi Hilbert and the Gift of the Lushootseed," was nominated for a 2023 Washington State Book Award for Creative Nonfiction/Memoir. (Photo courtesy of Janet Yoder)
By Christine Perkins CDN Contributor
Vi taqʷšɘblu Hilbert was 49 years old when she got a phone call that changed the course of her li

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