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  • Haida Language Mainpage
    Juneau to Ketchikan to Vancouver to Seattle to San Francisco How many people speak Haida Unfortunately Haida is a highly endangered language While a hundred years ago all Haidas were fluent in the Haida language today the number of speakers is down to no more than 3 or 4 dozen and nearly all of those speakers are over the age of 70 However there is a strong interest among many younger Haidas to learn their ancestral language and to use it once again on a daily basis in their communities Do all Haidas speak the same dialect While nearly everyone agrees that there is only a single Haida language there are some noticeable dialectal differences between communities In modern times the greatest difference is between Southern Haida as spoken in Skidegate and Northern Haida spoken in Masset and Hydaburg Speakers of one dialect will often have some trouble understanding the other dialect at first until they have had time to adjust to it There are also more subtle differences between the dialects found in Hydaburg and Masset as well as for instance between Hydaburg and Kasan another small community on Prince of Wales Island For the most part the differences between the dialects are largely a matter of pronunciation and to some extent vocabulary Most of the grammatical rules of the language are relatively constant across all the dialects What is Haida like Here is a very simple short story in Haida originally composed by Erma Lawrence in 1974 How is Haida written Currently Haida is written using two similar yet quite distinct writing systems Details can be found here What does Haida sound like Listen to the sounds of Haida How can I start learning Haida Here are some basic phrases you can use to start learning Haida And

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  • Yáahl -- Raven

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  • The Sounds of Haida
    g gawiit beads g g antl water g g ámjuu to be round h húugaa king crab i inúu turnip rutabaga ii íinaang herring j jáadaa woman girl k kuk firewood k k amáal dishes china k k íit tree sea lion k k án grass l lagúus floormat l láanaa village hl hlgún skunk cabbage m máahl planting seeds n núu octopus ng ngáal broad kelp p dápjuu mound

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  • Basic Phrases in haida
    see you again Áang háws hl díi k íng Yes see me again Sánuu dáng kya áang What s your name Joe hínuu díi kya áang My name is Joe Gíis dluu dáng tadáay g íidang How old are you Díi tadáay tláalaay s g wáansanggang I am ten years old Gíistgaay gúust uu dáng k wáalaagang What tribe do you belong to Gaa yáalaast gúust uu díi k wáalaagang I belong to the Raven tribe Táawk dáng sdahláa Do you want some food Áang táawk díi sdahláang Yes I want some food Gúusuu dáng táagang What are you eating Kyaa uu hl táagang I m eating some meat Sán kyaa git uu íijang What kind of meat is this K áat ki íi uu íijang It s deer meat Dáakw k ut us Are you hungry Ge é gám díi k ut ánggang No I m not hungry Dáakw st i us Are you sick Áang díi st igáng Yes I m sick Kya áay k utsgat láagang The meat tastes good Gíist uu dángk isdáayaa Who gave it to you Díi náan díik istgán My grandmother gave it to me Gúusuu dáng nílgang What are you drinking Xíl

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  • Haida Phrases
    the mid 1970 s In the early 1990 s she began attending classes that Phyllis was teaching and eventually became her apprentice The two have been working together since then In January 2000 Phyllis and Linda were awarded a Master Apprentice grant from the Sealaska Heritage Institute The project was called X aad Kil Hl Guusuu Speak Haida Now They developed a collection of basic Haida phrases and audio recordings

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  • Alaskan Haida Phrasebook for Beginning Students: Volume 1
    hl xit asáang I will whip up some soapberries Xakwtl íit x áwlaang Soapberries taste good Xakwtl íit s g íidang Soapberries are red Xikgyáa uu íijang This is some edible bark Xikgyáa uu laagang Edible bark is good Xikgyáa uu ts úu iist tl isdáang People take edible bark from a red cedar tree Xikgyáa hl dúusaang I will get some edible bark Xut úugyaa uu íijang This is a wooden brailer Tlúu gwaa uu tl gya ándaang People use it in a canoe X agyáa uu íijang It is a dog Gúus uu x áay isdáang What is the dog doing X áay uu gatáagang The dog is eating X akwgyáa uu íijang This is a halibut X akw í waan uu íijang It is a big halibut Awáa x agwáay kúugaasaang Mother will cook the halibut X it íit uu íijang It is a duck Gúus uu x it adáay isdáang What is the duck doing X it adáay xíidang The duck is flying X úutgyaa uu íijang It is a seal Gúus uu x úudaay isdáang What is the seal doing X úudaay gatáagang The seal is eating Yáahl uu íijang This is a raven Yáalaay hl g álgan The raven is black Yáalaay xíidang The raven is flying Yáanuugyaa uu íijang This is a sea cucumber Gut iláa yáanuu x angáagang Sea cucumbers look different from one another T íits s g íidang Some are red T íits g adáang Some are white QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Gúusgyaa uu nang jáadaas isdáang What is the girl doing Hal k áw aang She is sitting down Gúus uu hal isdáang What is she doing Hal k áagang She is walking Gúus uu hadáa isdáang What is Father of a female doing Hadáa k áw aang Father of a female is sitting Gúus uu awáa isdáang What is Mother doing Awáa kúugaagang Mother is cooking Gúus uu náanaa isdáang What is Grandmother doing Náanaa tatl íigang Grandmother is sewing Gúus uu nang ts úujuus isdáang What is Baby doing Nang ts úujuus án tluu únggang Baby is crawling around Nang ts úujuus gin nílgang Baby is drinking Gíist uu íijang Who is this Díi s k áan uu íijang She is my aunt Díi k áa uu íijang He is my uncle Díi k wáay uu íijang She is my older sister of a female Díi dúun uu íijang She is my younger sister of a female Díi dáa uu íijang He is my brother of a female Díi chán uu íijang He is my grandfather Sán uu s g íw x anáagang What color is seaweed S g íiwaay hl g álgang The seaweed is black Gúus uu awáa isdáang What is Mother doing S g íwgyaa uu awáa xiláadaang Mother is drying some seaweed Gúus uu hadáa isdáang What is Father of a female doing Hadáa uu s g íw táagang Father of a female is eating seaweed Gúus háns hadáa isdáang What else is Father

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  • Haida Grammar Lessons
    or three important grammar points Each lesson also contains several sets of online language exercises including multiple choice fill in the blank and translation exercises designed to reinforce the vocabulary and grammar learned in the lesson At present there are

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  • Yáahl
    made some medicine Gut iláa k íit k uts hal ts asláangaan He boiled different kinds of tree roots Wáadluu sáng k wáan hal néilaan gyaan hal lagáalaan Then he drank it for many days and got well Asgáayst hal xitgwáangaan táawk uu hal diyáangaan Then he flew around looking for food Wáadluu chíin k wáan g ándlaay aa hal táagaan Then he ate a lot of fish in a

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