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Lushootseed Revisited:

Four Years in the Life of an Indigenous Font
When Thu 10 Oct 1100
Where Krasnapolsky B
What History/Education
Who Juliet Shen

In Mexico City, ATypI 2009, I spoke very briefly about a Salish font, Lushootseed, that was designed for the Tulalip Tribes of Washington state. In the years since then I've been keeping track of the font's employment in ongoing tribal affairs: education, cultural identity, political sovereignty and even intertribal relations. This presentation provides a look at what type designers frequently cannot track: what influence their font may exert in every day affairs, in this case relative to a critically endangered indigenous language. It also documents the life of a custom-designed font which has undergone unanticipated transitions: from digital to wood type; from being privately held to being shared among sometime rivals.

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