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Time Traveller: Chief Louis Miranda helped keep the Squamish language alive

Miranda was instrumental in developing the writing system for Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim (Squamish language) that is used today.
Chief Louis Miranda

This 1983 photo shows Louis Miranda (1892-1990) writing in his Eslhá7an (Mission Reserve) home. Chief Louis Miranda (Uncle Louie) was an influential Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) Chief who protected, preserved, and taught the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim (Squamish language).

Miranda worked with Dutch linguist Aert H. Kuipers on The Squamish Language: Grammar, Texts, Dictionary, published in two volumes in 1967 and 1969. He also worked extensively with Randy Bouchard and Dorothy Kennedy in developing the writing system for Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim that is used today. He wrote hundreds of pages of legends, stories, language lessons, and other materials in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim.

Miranda was awarded an honorary degree in 1981 by Simon Fraser University, in recognition of his work.

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