Haboo: Native American Stories from Puget Sound
The stories and legends of the Lushootseed-speaking people of Puget Sound were an important part of the oral tradition by which beliefs, values, and customs were handed from one generation to another. Vi Hilbert, a Skagit Native, grew up at a time when many of the old social patterns survived and when everyone still spoke the ancestral language. As an adult, when she realized that native language and culture were being forgotten, she began to work with linguists and anthropologists in recording and translating as much of the Lushootseed oral tradition as possible. Haboo is her collection of thirty-three stories.
Vi Hilbert (1918-2008) was a Native American tribal elder of the Upper Skagit who was a conservationist of the Lushootseed culture and its language, of which she was the last fully fluent heritage speaker. She co-wrote Lushootseed grammars and dictionaries, partially with linguist Thom Hess, and published books of stories, teachings, and place names related to her native region, the Puget Sound.
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: University of Washington Press (October 1985)
Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 11 inches