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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Heiltsuk (Bella Bella) Words

Welcome to our Heiltsuk vocabulary page! Heiltsuk, also known as Bella Bella, is a Wakashan language, related to other languages like Kwakiutl and Haisla. We have included twenty basic Bella Bella words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. If you would like to know a Heiltsuk word that is not currently on our page, you can take part in our American Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Heiltsuk language site for more free resources.

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Heiltsuk Word Set

English (Français) Heiltsuk words
One (Un) M'ən
Two (Deux) Mał
Three (Trois) Yudukw
Four (Quatre) Mukw
Five (Cinq) Sk'aukw
Man (Homme) Wisəm
Woman (Femme) Ğənəm
Dog (Chien) W'ac'
Sun (Soleil)
Moon (Lune) N'usi
Water (Eau) W'apa
White (Blanc) Muqwa
Yellow (Jeune) Tixa
Red (Rouge) L'aqwa
Black (Noir) Dabənt or C'uła
Eat (Manger) Həmsa
See (Voir) Duqwəla
Sing (Chanter) Nəna
Leave (Partir) Bua

Click here to see Heiltsuk vocabulary words compared to words in related Wakashan languages: Wakashan Indian Words

Additional Resources

   Bella Bella
   British Columbia nations
   Online Native American dictionary
   Northwest Indians



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