The University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives and Northwest Heritage Resources are pleased to announce that Voices of the First People, a website honoring the life and work of Upper Skagit elder Vi Hilbert, is now on-line at: http://music.washington.edu/ethno/hilbert. The site provides on-line access to audio and video recordings from the Vi Hilbert Collection in the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives and features Hilbert’s work as a storyteller, teacher, and culture bearer. It is hoped that the site will be a useful resource for teachers, students, and anyone interested in Lushootseed language and culture.
The Voices of the First People project has been supported in part by a grant from Humanities Washington, a statewide organization dedicated to providing and supporting cultural education programs in local communities.
Project staff for Voices of the First People includes Jill Linzee, Project Director (Executive Director, Northwest Heritage Resources); Laurel Sercombe, Curator/Humanist (Archivist, University of Washington Ethnomusicology Program); Riley McLaughlin, Interactive Media Developer (VillageMediaWorks); Colin Todd, Technical Advisor (Senior Computer Specialist, University of Washington School of Music); Bonnie McConnell, Curatorial Assistant; and Jill La Pointe, Project Advisor (President of Lushootseed Research and granddaughter of Vi Hilbert).