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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Nuuchahnulth (Nootka) Words

Welcome to our Nootka vocabulary page! Nootka, also known as Nuu-Chah-Nulth, is a Wakashan language, related to other languages like Makah and Kwakiutl. We have included twenty basic Nootka words here, enough to provide a basic comparison with related American Indian languages. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many indigenous languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

You can find a broader selection of Nuu-chah-nulth words in our online picture glossaries. If you would like to know a word that is not included in any of these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Nuuchahnulth language site for more free resources.

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Nuuchahnulth Word Set

English (Français) Nuuchahnulth words
One (Un) c'awa'
Two (Deux) 'ała
Three (Trois) qacc'a
Four (Quatre) muu
Five (Cinq) suč'a
Man (Homme) quu'as or čakup
Woman (Femme) łuuc
Dog (Chien) `iniił
Sun (Soleil) ł'uup'in
Moon (Lune) hupał
Water (Eau) č'a'ak
White (Blanc) łisuk
Yellow (Jeune) xicp'iqak
Red (Rouge) ł'ixw
Black (Noir) tupkuk
Eat (Manger) haw'a
See (Voir) n'ač
Sing (Chanter) nuu
Leave (Partir) wah

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

Nuuchahnulth Picture Dictionaries

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

*Nuuchahnulth animal words

Additional Resources

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   Wakashan people



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