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Native American Vocabulary: Makah Words

Welcome to our Makah vocabulary page! Makah is a Wakashan language, related to other languages like Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwak'wala. We have included twenty basic Makah words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. You can find more Makah Indian 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 words fundraiser or visit our main Makah language site for more free resources.

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Makah Word Set

English (Français) Makah words
One (Un) 'Cakwa∙'ak
Two (Deux) Atł
Three (Trois) Wi∙
Four (Quatre) Bu∙
Five (Cinq) Šu'č
Man (Homme) Ła∙uk
Woman (Femme) Xad'ak
Sun (Soleil) Daka∙
Water (Eau) Ča'ak
White (Blanc) 'Tłisuk
Yellow (Jeune) Xusboxuk
Red (Rouge) 'Tłiuk
Black (Noir) Tupkuk

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

Makah Picture Dictionaries

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

*Makah animal words

Additional Resources

   Washington Indian languages
   Indian language dictionaries
   The Northwest Coast

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