Lummi Language Recordings part of Whatcom Museum Exhibit

Teacher Matt Warbus and students

This past spring, Ferndale High School Teacher Smak i' ya' (Matt Warbus) and members of the Ferndale High School Lummi Language Class were busy preparing audio recordings for an interactive exhibit at Whatcom Museum called "People of the Sea and Cedar: A Journey Through the History and Cultures of the Tribes of the Northwest Coast."

The exhibit shares the history and art of the Coast Salish people, focused on the Lummi and Nooksack tribes. It features artifacts and hands-on learning experiences. The exhibit opened July 19 at the museum's Lightcatcher building located at 250 Flora Street in Bellingham. Exhibit hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. More information is available at

Ferndale serves more than 400 students who are Native American, the majority of them are Lummi tribal members. Over the past several years, the focus of our support programs for our Native students have shifted from a more traditional teach-reteach-remediate model to one that honors students' culture and traditions and shines a light on their individual strengths. Lummi Language is taught in our schools at the secondary level.

Pictured: Ferndale High School Teacher (far right) and students from the Lummi Language class provided narration for the museum project

For more information:
Executive Director for Student Services Jill Iwasaki, 360.383.9221,
Director of Communications Tammy Bengen, 383.9207,