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Nuu-Chah-Nulth (Nootka) Indian Language

Nuu-Chah-Nulth is a Wakashan language of the Northwest Coast, spoken by around 300 native people in British Columbia. The people and their language are more commonly known as "Nootka," an Anglicization of their name that came from white neighbors, but the people prefer their own tribal name, Nuuchahnulth or Nu-chah-nulth, which means "along the mountains." Some Nuuchahnulth people still use the word "Nootka" to refer to themselves, but others consider it an offensive term today.

Nuu-chah-nulth is an intricate language with complex morphology and many more consonant sounds and clusters than English has. The language has been in decline in recent years, but some young people are working to keep their ancestral language alive.

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Nuuchahnulth/Nootka Language
Nuuchahnulth language samples and resources.

Nuuchahnulth/Nootka Culture and History
Information and links about the Nuuchahnulth tribe past and present.

Nuuchahnulth/Nootka Legends
Introduction to the mythology of the Nuuchahnulth people.

Nuuchahnulth/Nootka Language Resources

Our Online Nuuchahnulth Materials

Nuuchahnulth Vocabulary
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Nuu-chah-nulth language, with comparison to words in other Wakashan languages.

Nuuchahnulth Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Nootka Language
    Nootka phonology chart and sample text (special font required).
Nootka Indian Language * Nootka Language Map * Nootka Grammar * Nootka Orthography * Nootka Phonology:
    Scanned-in Nootka language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Nuu-Chah-Nulth Alphabet:
    Phonological inventory of the Nootka language, with a sample text.
Ethnologue: Nootka:
    Demographic information about the Nootka language.
Nootka Language Tree:
    Theories about Nuu-chah-nulth language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Nuuchahnulth Language Structures:
    Nuu-chah-nulth linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Nuuchahnulth Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources

A Concise Dictionary Of The Nuuchahnulth Language Of Vancouver Island
    Comprehensive Nootka dictionary for sale online.
Nuuchahnulth (Nootka) Morphosyntax
    Linguistics book about the Nootka language for sale.
Native American Indian Dictionaries:
    Nootka and other Native American dictionaries and language materials for sale.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Nuu-chah-nulth Language:
Encyclopedia articles on Nootka.
Lengua Nootka:
Information about the Nootka language in Spanish.
Nootka Tribe:
Nootka links.
Nootka Tribe:
Nootka Indian books.

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