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4 Ways Cascadians Can Respond Bioregionally to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 outbreak disrupts nearly every aspect of our daily lives, Cascadians should double-down on bioregionalism to better support our impacted communities and mitigate health risks. What Does Bioregionalism Have to do with COVID-19? Bioregionalism is a philosophy and lifestyle which promotes personal and community well-being by using naturally…...

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News Alert: Washington State to shut down all restaurants, and bars. Here’s how to prepare.

In the face of the mounting spread of Coronavirus, Governor Jay Inslee announced via a statement a new ban on gatherings over 50 people and the temporary shut down of all restaurants, bars, entertainment and recreational facilities. Learn the latest news and how to stay prepared....

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Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Kahkwa

Curious how to state that something is similar (or not similar) to something else in Chinook Wawa? Read and find out....

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The Sound of the Nez Percé language / Niimi’ipuutímt (Numbers, Greetings & Story)

A note on the Nez Perce Language! Nez Perce is a highly endangered language. While sources differ on the exact number of fluent speakers, it is almost definitely under 100....

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Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Kalakala

KALAKALA [kuh-LAHK’-uh-lu] or [kal-lak’-a-la] (modern) or [ku-lah-ku-la] (historical) — noun. Meaning: Bird; a fowl; goose; a flock of birds; a winged insect; a wing. Origin: Chinook i-ku-la-ku-lu ‘(male) goose’; i-k’lak’la ‘(male) geese’; ultimately derived from  a Chinookan verbal stem -ka or -ga ‘to fly’; -galal ‘flying’ , said to be…...

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Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Mowitch

MOWITCH [MÓW-itsh] [ MAH’-witsh] — noun. Meaning: A deer; venison; game; wild animal Origin: Nuu-chah-nulth, mauitsh; Ditidaht, moitsh, a deer While the word itself refers to deer in general, as seen in “man mowitch (stag)” and “klootchman mowitch” (doe), it was occasionally applied to mountain goat or mountain sheep. It…...

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Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Itlwillie

ITLIWILLIE [itl’-wil-lie] or [itl’-u-li]— noun. Meaning: Flesh; meat; muscle  Origin: Upper Chinook, i-tlgwul; Lower Chinook i-tl’uli ‘meat’ If one had “itlwillie sick” (bruised/sore muscles), they would naturally complain “konaway nika itlwillie sick” (all my muscles are sore), a likely outcome for one’s “lejam itlwillie” (leg muscle) on Leg-Day. The meat…...

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On Bioregional Boundaries – David McCloskey

Originally published by Planet Drums Raise the Stakes, the following article is from Cascadia Institute director David McCloskey on what makes bioregional boundaries....

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Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Kiuatan

KIUATAN [KIU’-a-tan] or [KHI-YU-tun] — noun. Meaning: Horse Origin: Generally believed to be from Chinook i-kiuatan ‘horse’, though some sources claim it is of Mamachatpam (Yakima) origin. There were several words for horses in Chinook Wawa, kiuatan seems to have been used more in southern regions of Cascadia, and is…...

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Visiting Where Bioregions were Born: The Planet Drum Foundation in San Francisco

We’ve been very excited to be visiting with Judy Goldhaft at the Planet Drum foundation in San Francisco. Planet Drum Foundation was founded in San Francisco, CA in 1973, and with an association of community activists and ecologists worked to develop the concept of a bioregion, from which the Cascadia movement…...

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