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Lesson #1 - Greetings and local bands

  Good afternoon                                    kiʔsuʔk kyukyit                    

Good night                                             Kiʔsuʔk ¢iǂmiyit.                         

Good morning                                       Kiʔsuʔk wiǂnam.                       

Good evening                                     kiʔsuʔk kwaǂkwayit.                    

 My name is­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________                   Hu qakǂik ______.                     

St. Mary’s Reserve                               ʔaq̓am

Lower Kootenay Band                          yaqan nuykiy

 Shuswap Band                                     kǂitqatwumǂaʔt

Columbia Lake Band                             ʔakisq̓nuk  

Tobacco Plains Band                             ʔakink̓umǂasnuqǂiʔit

Lesson #2  - Learn about some of the plants in our garden...

Arrow leaved balsamroot or sunflower      xaǂ                             

Brown-eyed Susan                             kmanwi¢kik                         

Bitterroot                                               naqam¢u                             

Choke cherry                                       ʔa·kiʔǂmak̓                       

Needle-and-thread grass                  ¢ahaǂ                               

Bluebunch Wheatgrass                     ¢ahaǂ                                

Kinnikinnick                                          ¢aqa                                    

Nodding onion                                    ʔakuwaǂ                           

Rocky mountain juniper                    ʔakuk̓pǂuǂaǂ                            

Sagebrush mariposa lily                   nasayit                                   

Silky lupine                                           ka¢amak                              

Wild bergamot                                     ʔaknuqǂuxunaʔtit mata    

Rough fescue                                      ¢ahaǂ                      

Saskatoon                                            sq̓umu                      

Silverberry                                            kyanuqǂu                

Tarragon                                                skinku¢ yaq̓it̕is                    

Wild strawberry                                     ʔa·q̓uku                                

Lesson #3 - Landmarks

Joseph   Creek                  su·sap ʔa ·knuxunuk                               

 Firewagaon                       ʔakinq̓uku qaqay                              

Horseshoe Bend               kq̓aǂǂaxaʔǂ¢in ǂa nʔupinak          

Circling Raven                  q̓untqaǂknuxu qukin                         

Morning Dew                     wiǂnam ʔa ·kuqyit                            

Spirit Tree                           ʔakaq̓niʔnam ʔaki¢ǂaʔin                

Badger's Den                     naǂmit̕ ʔa ·k̓amiʔis                           

Spring Fawn                       ǂumayit ʔakinq̓u¢ak                        

Cutthroat Trout                   qustit̕  ʔa ·knuxuʔnuk                    

 Hoodoo                              ʔa ·knumuk̓                                          

Tamarack                            kustit̕                                                  

Rising Spirit                        k̓ik̓tkam kiʔǂu qapsin

Eagle's Perch                     kyaq̓nukat ya ·qawi¢q̓nuʔki            

Cattail                                  ʔak̓is hanq̓u                                  

Steeple View                      ya ·qakxawi¢kiǂiǂki ʔa ·knumuk̓    

Body of Giant                      ʔa ·kxuʔis Naǂmuq¢in                     

Sunset                                  k̓̓unanukq

Kingfisher                            q̓apkaǂ