, 2022-11-30 06:00:00,
TOPPENISH — virginia beaver He smiled broadly as he made his way to the Yakama Nation Museum and saw the crowds eagerly awaiting his visit on Tuesday.
“Shiyax maytski (good morning),” he said softly in the language called Ichishkíin, also known as Sahaptin. It is spoken by the Yakama people in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and Beavert has dedicated his life to its revitalization and preservation.
Beavert, or Tuxámshish, was at the museum to sign copies of “Anakú Iwachá: Legends and Stories of Yakama”, an expanded collection of seminal Yakama stories that he edited with Michelle Jacob and Joana Jansen. It is the second edition of “Anakú Iwachá, Así Era”, an important educational and cultural resource published in 1974.
The book signing at the museum took place the day before Beavert’s 101st birthday. She made the gathering even more special for those who attended and for Beavert, a beloved elder of the Yakama Nation whose continued efforts to save and share her language cannot be underestimated. A crowd of more than four dozen people listened intently as she spoke Beavert.
“I’m so glad to be here this morning. It took me a while to get started, being old, but I like getting up. I don’t want to miss too much of my days. … I never thought it would last this long,” said Beavert, who sat next to Jacob. “But…
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