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MIPOPS Presents the Films of Vi Hilbert
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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MIPOPS Presents the Films of Vi Hilbert
Sun Sep 23: 3.00pm

Festival - Local Sightings Film Festival 2018: Special Events

** Featuring a panel discussion with Hilberts granddaughter Jill LaPointe, and Laurel Sercombe, retired UW Ethnomusicology Archivist who worked with the Vi Hilbert Collection **

Vi Hilbert (1918-2008) was a member and noted elder of the Upper Skagit tribe. Her first language was Lushootseed, a Coast Salish language found in the Puget Sound region of western Washington state. During her long and productive life, Vi Hilbert played a major role in the revitalization of the language and culture of the First People of the Pacific Northwest.

She became known as a teacher, storyteller, publisher, and public speaker. For over 40 years she built and maintained a research archive of cultural materials. Working with other scholars, she developed and published teaching materials and volumes of stories through Lushootseed Research, an organization which she founded. Her commitment to preserving Lushootseed language and literature is largely responsible for the renaissance of interest in Lushootseed culture and the growth of tribal language programs all over western Washington.

This program contains two of her films:

Learning Lushootseed (1982)
An informational video on the Lushootseed language and the culture of the Skagit people. Written and presented by Vi Hilbert. Directed by Dorothea Kopta.

2005-1.2308, Vi Hilbert Collection, University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Original format:  U-matic

Sharing Legends at Upper Skagit (1985)
Edited footage of an event organized by Vi Hilbert, featuring storytellers from seven Coast Salish tribes recorded at the Upper Skagit Tribal Center. Produced by Vi Hilbert and Crisca Bierwert for Lushootseed Research. Directed by Pila Laronel, with grant support from the Washington Commission for the Humanities.

2005-1.2374, Vi Hilbert Collection, University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Original format: 1-inch Type C

Digitization of these videotapes at MIPoPS was made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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