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Language of snow celebrated at resort

Whistler is amid a small but culturally important project call Words for Snow

By Allen Best



Special to the Daily

WHISTLER, B.C. Ð Whistler is amid a small but culturally important project call Words for Snow.



Already, an aluminum panel has been wrapped around the fire hydrant near a prominent bridge in the town. The panel features six words from the Inuit language along with their definitions in English, plus slang words for snow used in Whistler. Local libraries are leading the search for other words, 100 altogether, in other languages.

The reason for the project, explains Pique, is that snow is a passion for those who love Whistler. “It is essential to the experience and history of this place, and deserves celebration,” explains the newsmagazine. “The Words for Snow project celebrates the phenomenon and language of snow.”

Instead of one focal point for this project, seven or eight panels may be created, each featuring different collections of words. The panels may be in various forms and may be displayed to enhance utilitarian objects such as fire hydrants.




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