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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Kwakiutl (Kwak'wala) Words

Welcome to our Kwakiutl vocabulary page! Kwakiutl, also known as Kwak'wala, is a Wakashan language, related to other languages like Bella Bella and Nuu-Chah-Nulth. Bella Bella and Makah. We have included twenty basic Kwakiutl words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. You can find more Kwakiutl words in our online picture glossaries. If you'd like to know a word that is not in these wordlists, you can take part in our American Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Kwakiutl language site for more free resources.

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Kwakiutl Word Set

English (Français) Kwakiutl words
One (Un) 'nam
Two (Deux) ma'ł
Three (Trois) yudaxwa
Four (Quatre) mu
Five (Cinq) sak'a
Man (Homme) bagwanam
Woman (Femme) t'sadak or anam
Dog (Chien) 'wat'si
Sun (Soleil) t'łisala
Moon (Lune) 'makwala
Water (Eau) 'wap

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

Kwakiutl Picture Dictionaries

Here are some themed Kwakiutl word lists we have put together and illustrated for language learners. Feel free to print them out for classroom purposes!

*Kwakiutl animal words

Additional Resources

   First Nations of British Columbia
   Kwakiutl mythology
   First Nations names
   Native dictionaries
   Northwest Coast Native American tribes

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