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Haida Indian Language

Haida is a Northwest Coast language of British Columbia and Alaska whose origin is uncertain. Many linguists have considered it to be an Na-Dene language distantly related to Tlingit and the Athabaskan languages, but others consider it an isolate (a language unrelated to any other language). Fewer than a hundred elders speak the Haida Indian language fluently today, but some young Haida people are working to keep their ancestral language alive.





Haida Language
Haida language samples and resources.

Haida Nation Culture and History
Information and links about the Haida tribe past and present.

Haida Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to common questions about the Haidas.

Haida Legends
Introduction to Haida mythology.



Haida Language Resources

Our Online Haida Language Materials

Haida Vocabulary:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Haida language, with comparison to words in Athabaskan languages.
Haida Animal Words:
    Picture dictionary of animal words in the Haida language.

Haida Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources

Haida Dictionary:
    Thorough dictionary of the Haida language for sale, covering the Skidegate, Masset, and Alaskan dialects.
Gaaw Xaadee Gyaahlaangaay:
    Audio CD set of Haida speakers telling traditional stories in Haida and English.
Haida Syntax:
    Linguistics texts on the grammar and structure of the Haida language.
Native American Language Dictionaries:
    Haida and other American Indian dictionaries and language materials for sale.

Haida Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Xaat Kl: Haida Language:
    Website dedicated to the study, preservation and revitalization of the Haida language.
Elementary Haida I:
    Information about an online Haida language class taught by Sealaska Heritage Institute.
Xaad Kil: * Haida Orthography:
    Introduction to Haida spelling and pronunciation.
Northwest Coast Language Keyboards:
    Fonts and keyboard map including the special symbols used by Haida and other Northwest Native languages.
Haida Alphabet:
    Phonological inventory of the Haida language, with a sample text.
Haida Indian Language * Haida Grammar * Haida Orthography * Haida Phonology * Haida Native Story:
    Northern Haida Texts * Southern Haida Text:
    Scanned-in Haida language materials from the Rosetta Project.
House of Languages: Haida:
    Information about Haida language usage.
Ethnologue: Northern Haida * Ethnologue: Southern Haida:
     Demographic information about the Haida language.
Northern Haida Language Tree * Southern Haida Language Tree:
    Theories about Haida's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Haida Language Structures * North Haida Language Structures:
    Haida linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.

Literature and Texts in the Haida Language

Xaadee Gyaahlaangaay, Haida Legends:
    Audio recordings of the Creation, Bear Mother, Killer Whale Man, and other traditional stories in the Haida language.
A Raven Story:
    Text of a Haida fable about Raven, with English translation and notes.
Haida Texts:
    Two unglossed Haida stories about the Muddy-Mouth People and Raven's creation of the world.
Haida Songs:
    Collection of sacred songs in the Haida language with English translation.
Haida Language Plaque:
    Canadian human rights tribute written in the Haida Indian language.

Haida Proper Names

British Columbia Placenames:
    Canadian place names in Haida, Kwakiutl, and Nass-Giksan.
Queen Charlotte Islands Renamed Haida Gwaii * B.C. and Haida Achieve Reconciliation Protocol:
    Articles on the official renaming of the Haida Gwaii archipelago.
American Indian Names:
    Our new fundraiser offering names for pets in Native American languages (including Haida).

Links, References, and Additional Information

Wikipedia: Haida:
Encyclopedia articles on the Haida Indian language.
Lengua Haida:
Information about the Haida language in Spanish. With language maps of Alaska and British Columbia.
Haidas * The Haida Indians:
Haida links.
Haida Tribe:
Haida Indian books.



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