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Language of the Kalispel
 A digitization project to preserve the language of the Kalispel

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians
Gonzaga University Library
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This project is part of the Digital Images Initiative 2001 program sponsored by the Washington State Library. Financial support originated with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding, administered at the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Projects of this nature are designed to foster new collaborations or renew longstanding relationships, as in this case between Gonzaga University and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians.

The primary project objective was to digitize, describe and make Internet-accessible the seminal work of Fr. Joseph Giorda, S.J., A Dictionary of the Kalispel or Flat-head Indian Language (St. Ignatius Press, 1877-1879). A secondary objective was to support Fr. Giorda's Dictionary with approximately 800-900 digitized pages of similar Kalispel language resources housed in Gonzaga University's Foley Library, Special Collections Department.

Principal project personnel include: David Kingma, Project Director; Deane Osterman, Director of Natural Resources, Kalispel Tribe; Andrea Klewin, Digital Imaging Technician; Steven Egesdal, Ph.D., Kalispel language consultant; Alan Cornish, Database Administrator; Brenda Warrington, Interface Design Specialist.

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