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Library celebrates Vi Hilbert, legendary Lushootseed linguist

An overflow crowd was on the same page with author Janet Yoder at La Conner Swinomish Library last Friday.

Nearly 50 people attended Yoder's one-hour presentation honoring the legacy of revered late tribal linguist Vi Hilbert, who made preservation of the Lushootseed language and culture her life's mission.

"We're so thrilled with this turnout," library director Jean Markert told the Weekly News afterward. "It's pretty incredible."

Incredible is also a word often used to describe Hilbert, whom Yoder met in 1978 while enrolled in Hilbert's Lushootseed class at the University of Washington.



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