nuu = octopus
n as in "nut"
word beginnings include:
na, naa, nee, nd’aa, nhluu, ni, nii, nsda, nu, nuu
living; building, house, dwelling, shack, hut, cabin, shelter, establishment
- den; burrow
Jinaa. Women (clan) living at location
’Laanaa. Men (clan) living at location
Taan naa ’la kii.aayaan. He found a bear’s den.
run away in fear
wear a Chilkat blanket
for a male ego, the children of his sisters: nephew; niece
- inside; into the house
Naaga ’la kints’aang. She is looking inside.
Naaga tl’a gant’i.idaan. They left for home.
- be some kind of building, shelter
"Lagujee naagaasii xidguhl k’aw.aa.ang," hin ’laa tl’a suudaayaan.
"Sit under the mat shelter," they said to him.
the one(s) inside
- here and there inside the house, building
Naaguud tl’a k’aw.aanggang. People are sitting here and there around the house.
- from location inside enclosed space
Naaguusda ’laa ’la sk’iwjgusdlaayaan. He tied up the mouth of it (sea lion stomach) from the inside.
Naaguusda ’la kaatl’a.a’waagan. He came out of the cabin (on boat)
Diinee k’iw naaguusda ’iijang. It is right inside the mouth of the cave
- the one(s) inside the cabin
Naaguusdagee ’aa ’la t’ansgiidan. He washed his underwear.
the (area) inside; the interior
- at location inside enclosed space; at location a short way into house; at location a short way inside bay, harbor, inlet
Naagwaa ’la ’ant’iijang. He is holding his head under the blanket.
the one(s) a short way into house; the one(s) inside enclosed space
the area inside enclosed space; the area a short way inside house
- to location just inside door, entrance; to location inside enclosed space
Naagwii ’la kats’agan. He went in the cabin (on boat).
náaj k’u k’agudáangwee
sea otter pelt, skin
female ancestors of the second and higher ascending generations; all females of ego’s father’s father’s clan; grandmother; stepmother; grandparents
- nanaay (S)
- náan (A)
’La naanee jiingaagang. He (a small child learning to speak) has been using the word ’grandmother’ for a long time now.
be (grandmother, stepmother, grandparent) for X
have for (grandmother, stepmother, grandparent).
play (with X), game, drama
’Aajii naanggee gullgaagang. This game is enjoyable; This play(ing) is enjoyable; this drama is enjoyable.
be people living in location; location be inhabited; be a camping spot in location; be a camp
dwelling (at location); camp (at location)
be a thing to be played with; be a toy
- have a good time playing
’La naang gullgaagwaanggang. He is having a good time playing outside.
community hall; theatre
- naang nagee
live all over in location now
live all over in location
- become faint
Dii gudangee na.a.asagan. I felt like I was going to faint.
from inside; from the house
the interior of the house, building; the people in the house
- have become faint
Jiingaa dii gudangee naasiyaagan. My mind has fainted.
on the house
onto the house
abuse verbally; call names
struggle to save self
right away; immediately; without delay
- one; a certain one
- someone, some person
Nang t’iijjigigwaa dang gudang? Do you want part of one?
Diiga nang tla.adsaang. Someone might help me.
Gam ’laa nang gu ’laa.anggang. No one likes him.
- be cheap; be inexpensive
- consider X worthless; despise X; not think much of X
Diiga ’laangaa nangaagang. Her (stuff) is cheap for me (I am not charged much).
Laa.an tl’a nangaagang. People don’t think much of him.
mountain cranberry (grows in Northern Haida Gwaii, aka Alaska)
- put on sale
Stlaandlaan.u tl’a nangee.eehldagan. They put soap on sale.
have been put on sale
Raven, that which always was, always is, always will be and that which is created by our speaking of it
X be considered worthless; X be despised; X be thought low of
let it be known that X is considered worthless
anyone; each one
Nanghan tsiineega sdahlaashl kil ’isda.áw. Tell anyone that wants salmon to take it.
’La nann kaagya.anggang. He is staggering along.
- horn, antlers
K’aadee nasaangaa sk’atleehlaang. The deer’s antlers have five points.
- have horns; have antlers
K’aad nasaa.ngdaa ’la tiyaayaan. He killed a deer with antlers.
live in cleanliness in location.
make, build a shelter of cedar bark
- na tl’a.aawsdla
the space between the legs (between the hind legs for animals) or between the roots of a tree; the surface of the crotch (perineum)
spread to cover a flat surface
be spread out
- into one’s own house
Nee.eehlgaang ’la ’isdagaangaan. He used to take them into his own house.
- be drinkable;
-some of have been drunk out of X
’Waasda neelgaagang. Some of it has been drunk from there.
- shoot, shoot at; throw rocks at, hit with rocks; throw spears at, hit with spears
Higaanhl ts’anhluu. Just keep on shooting it.
K’aad sdang ’la ts’anhlaawaan. He shot two deer.
Xaw ’la nilgan. He drank tea.
- make an image, likeness of X (by carving, drawing, photograph, etc.);
- imitate; copy
- make a face
- practice (usually practicing fighting), drill
- map; chart
Dagaang ’laa ’la niijanghalgan. He told her to photograph him.
’Awangga ’la niijanggan. She imitated her mother.
Yaahl kingangeega ’la niijanggang. He is imitating the calling of a raven.
Hlk’yaan tlagee dii kihlga niijanggan. My voice echoed back (lit. the forest copied my voice).
Tlaanhl naanangga niijang. Stop making faces at your grandmother.
Jiingaa dagaang tl’a niijaangaan. They drilled, practiced for a long time.
Tl’a xáadaad.uu ’la.ahl niijangaagaan. Images of humans were fashioned from it.
’Aa.uu neega niijangee diinaa ’iijang. Here is a picture of my house.
Xáadlaa gwaayeega niijangee ’la dahgan. He bought a map of Haida Gwaii.
tire of operating (on X)
have tired of operating (on X)
octopus (octopus dofleini)
- during the time of, during the season of
’Aaniisnuud.uu ’la ts’a.agagan. He moved away during this time (some previous year).
Dii hat’an ’inaagan nuud hawaan ’la xiinangaagan. He was still alive during the time that I was young.
’Waanuud.uu ’la ’waagan. He did it during that time.
- squeeze between legs
’Laa ’la núuhl dlat’iijan. He was gripping him with his legs (scissors grip).
wolverene (found in Northern Haida, ie Alaska)
live in dirt in location
- na’wa sk’iilaa