Saturday, November 6, 2004

Haida Language.

Haida - ... Haida Language. This page is still under construction. ... Haida Language Website dedicated to the study, preservation and revitalization of the Haida language. ...


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Haida Language

This page is still under construction. There are more than 800 Amerindian languages, and our project to get them all online may take awhile. Currently, only Cherokee and the Algonquian languages are fully completed. Go have a look around at those languages--and, hopefully, by the time you come back the language you were looking for will have its own page ready!

In the meantime, here are some links to get you started:

Athabaskan Language Family
     Haida may be an Athabaskan language, though other linguists consider it an isolate (a language unrelated
to any other language). Visit some other Athabaskan languages and decide for yourself!
Haida Language
     Website dedicated to the study, preservation and revitalization of the Haida language.
Xaad Kil
     Haida pronounciation guide and a Haida language story.
The Haida
     Cultural, historical, and artistic information on the Haida people.
Haida, Spirits of the Sea
     A virtual museum exhibit of Haida traditional life.
Children of the Raven
     Book of Haida myths and legends for sale.


cherokeedream40 said...

Siyo again my friend ........wado for this info I also have some info here to share with you from a good friend from the Haida tribe....again wado and dohiya
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Did you know that before Christopher Columbus arrived in the new world, the “Indians” in North America spoke over 300 indigenous languages? Today, roughly 20 of these languages have speakers of all ages. Unfortunately, the Haida language of Kasaan, Alaska is not among them.

Currently, only seven Kasaan Haidas speak the Kasaan Haida dialect with varying degrees of fluency--all elders over the age of 75. I know this because my dad grew up in Kasaan, 25 miles from my birthplace of Ketchikan, Alaska. We belong to the Haida tribe. This summer, I urged the Kasaan Haida Heritage Foundation (KHHF) to allow me to utilize the foundationÂ’s nonprofit status to seek funding and conduct projects that preserve our eldersÂ’ knowledge.

In September, we created the position of Media Specialist in which I intend to raise money and interview our elders, especially in regards to the Haida language. I will produce, direct, and coordinate a video documentary to raise awareness and archive the language. I plan to make the results available in digital formats on the KHHF website.

cherokeedream40 said...

Part two of  what I sent before........

If given the chance, I believe people would rally to this cause. We need to get the word out. So, I call on friends like you to get the ball rolling and join “The Grassroots Founders Campaign”—Grassroots because the idea is to reach out to many individuals on a personal level; Founders because you will underwrite the beginning of our preservation effort.

Donations received from now until December 31, 2004 will earn the donor a Grassroots Founder designation. I ask for a relatively small gift of 25 to 100 dollars. DonorÂ’s names will appear in the KHHF newsletter and donations will be eligible for a tax deduction for this year. Grassroots Founders get special on-screen mention in the documentary.

Please send checks (payable to “KHHF”) to:
Kasaan Haida Heritage Foundation
600 University Street, Suite 3010
Seattle, WA 98101-1129

Write in the memo area on your check or include a note designating funds for “Media Specialist/Projects”.

Very importantly, SPREAD THE WORD. Please pass this on to 5 to 10 friends, or more. You will multiply your donation exponentially and play a vital role in preserving the Haida language for future generations. We appreciate anything you can do to help us preserve our language and heritage.

Frederick Olsen, Jr.

For more information, email me or go to

KHHF is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 92-0169568).