Click here for info on Downriver placenames.
(Hul'q'umin'um' or Hun'q'umin'um')
Downriver Halkomelem is spoken
in the Lower Mainland in the Fraser River delta and up the Fraser
River to Fort Langley. Currently there are only a couple of
Elders from Musqueam and Coquitlam who still speak this dialect.
There are very few internal differences among downriver speakers,
though one row of houses in Musqueam changed /l/ to /n/ in many
words. We have found lexical differences within Downriver for
only a couple of words.
The Downriver data in this project
come from two sources. The ethnobiological information comes
from the field research of Wayne Suttles with Katzie Elder Simon
Pierre and the field research of Donna Gerdts with Katzie Elder
Richard Bailey. The words in the Downriver audio files were
spoken by Richard Bailey, recorded by Philip Davis and Donna
Gerdts in the 1960s and 1970s.