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Tlingit Words

 

 

"We are on the cusp of a language revitalization in Southeast Alaska. Just keep saying it. But there is no magic here, no special formula. It is all action, all the time. In order to continue making this happen, we need to be using our languages every day of our lives, as often as we can. Living language is the goal, and that happens by changing your life to include Haa Léelk’u Has (Our Grandparents)."
-- Xh'unei — Lance Twitchell

 

Welcome. The following words and audio were compiled by Xh'unei — Lance Twitchell, a professor of Native languages at the University of Alaska Southeast. To hear the word pronounced, simply click the play button.

 

gunalchéesh | thank you

áak'w | little lake

ch'åak' | eagle

cheech | porpoise

dleit | snow; white (color)

yak'éi ixhsateení | good to see you all

hít | house

j√°nwu | mountain goat

k'inchéiyi | wild rose

ts'ats'ée | small song bird

uháan | we

yéil | raven

dzeit | ladder; stairs; dock

gúx'aa | cup; can

shkalneek | story

x'wán | boots

xh'eint'áax'aa | labret, lip plug

More translations:


yéil

raven

ch'áak'

eagle

gaat

sockeye

t'á

king salmon

kootéeyaa

totem pole

guwakaan

deer

l'ook

coho

cháas'

humpy

téel'

chum

yaakw

canoe / boat

dzísk'w

moose

cháatl

halibut

náakw

octopus

tsaa

seal

jánwu

mountain goat

taan

sea lion

atx'aan hídi

smokehouse

séew

rain

góos'

cloud

gagaan

sun

dís

moon

kaxwaan

frost

dleit

snow

ayawditee

stormy / windy

keitl

dog

dóosh

cat

héen

water

atxá

food

kéet

killer whale

gooch

wolf

xíxch'

frog

xóots

brown bear

s'eek

black bear

s'igeidí

beaver

xalak'ách'

porcupine

kutx.ayanahá

star

kichx.anagaat

rainbow

kaklahéen

slush / sleet

yaaw

herring

yán

hemlock

gáax'w

herring eggs

yanshuká

camp

aasgutú

forest

shaa

mountain

saak

eualchon / ooligan

neech

shoreline / beach

geesh

bull kelp

s'áxt'

devil's club

yaana.eit

wild celery

shéiyi

spruce

laax

red cedar

xáay

yellow cedar

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