Jared Kennedy | 05.25.2014

Wednesday's Word is Quillayute - kwɨˈleɪjuːt -- kwe-LEH-yoot

k: 'k' in 'kind'  w: 'w' in 'wind'  ɨ: 'e' in 'roses'  ˈ: primary stress follows  l: 'l' in 'lie'  eɪ: long 'a' in 'base'  j: 'y' in 'yes'  uː: long 'oo' in 'food'  t: 't' in 'tie'

Quillayute was a language spoken until the end of the 20th century by indigenous groups living along the Olympic peninsula at La Push and the lower Hoh River. It was part of the Chimakuan language family. The specific name comes from Quileute, the name of a village at La Push. There were only a few Quillayute speakers still alive in 1999. Today, the Quileute Nation is teaching the language at the Quileute Tribal School in an attempt to prevent the language's death. 

The featured adventures below are areas to visit in the area of the Quileute nation. The Quillayute Needles off the beaches of La Push are great places to explore by sea kayak, and the La Push beaches are beautiful in their own right. The nearby Hoh Rainforest is one of the largest temperate rainforests in the U.S. and home to some giant spruce trees. Overall, the area offers numerous opportunities to hike from dense forest directly onto ocean beaches, a quintessential Pacific Northwest outdoor experience.


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