eBooks



Here is a list of books and handouts that are being used to assist in learning the Haida Language. You are encouraged to download, print and distribute copies as needed. These PDF files can also be saved/read and shared on to the Sony eReader, Amazon Kindle, iPad, iPhone (smart phones) and Kobo devices.



Old Massett Xaad Kil Dictionary
This 318 page book was transcribed from the book by John Enrico and a hard copy of this website. Notably, there are several changes like this website, where Enrico’s, c, q, r and letter x have been changed to the old orthography.
Old Massett Xaad Kil 1st-ed.pdf (3.6 MB)

Searchable Enrico Dictionary
A full 2,178 pages of Xaad kil, Xaaydaa kihl, and so on. Includes Old Masset, Alaskan, and Skidegate dialects with some Ninstints words thrown in. One of the most complete all in one glossary, dictionary of the Haida Language. Note: in this dictionary, substitute the R’s and C’s with underline G and X respectively to match current orthography. (238.7MB)
Searchble Enrico Dictionary.pdf

Haida Alphabet/Orthography
The Haida alphabet divided into two charts, consonants and vowels and a short description of each sound for each of the three dialects, Skidegate, Massett, and Alaskan Haida. (120kb, 19 pages)
haida_orthography_may_2012.pdf


Haida Songs by John R. Swanton [1912]
This collection of Haida songs, collected early in the 20th century, gives many insights into Haida culture, including class divisions, belief in reincarnation, and the status of women. This etext is presented with the full Haida interlinear text.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam/nw/hs/index.htm

Hydah Dictionary, 1862
A small dictionary (2 pages) containing some of the words and terms used in the Hydah language with their meaning or equivalent in the English language. Published by Hibben & Carswell, Victoria, V.I., First Printing 1862, printed at The Daily Chronicle. Second Printing 1865, printed at the British Colonist Office. Government Street.
http://haidalanguage.blogspot.com/2012/03/hydah-dictionary-1862.html
cihm_14366.pdf (1.9MB), http://www.archive.org/details/cihm_14366
cihm_16670.pdf (1.5MB), http://www.archive.org/details/cihm_16670

Haida Grammar Guide, 2004
This is a scanned digital copy of a 114 page grammar guide. The goal of this handbook is to help Xáad Kíl students understand the core grammatical patterns of the Haida language. By Jordan Lachler. (31.1MB)
HaidaGrammarGuide.pdf

Masset Haida Language Phrase Booklet
Compiled and used by the Chief Matthews School in 2000, this scanned version has about 25 pages of phrases, used in greetings, praises, daily conversational phrases, weather talk, seasonal talk, etc. Many of the phrases are missing tonal marks. Need an exercise to do?!, fill in the missing tonal marks ! Submit scans as pdf to gannyaa@gmail.com or email me the text corrections. (6.1MB)
MassetHaidaPhrases001.pdf

Sán uu dáng kya’áang? What is Your Name? 
A small 10 page booklet by Shirley Reeser McNally and illustrated by R. Anne Siesfeld, translations by Erma Lawrence, 1970 - 1979 (2.3MB)
WhatsYourName001.pdf

A grammar of the Haida language (1906)
This book was written by Reverend J.H. Keen of Metlakatla. A clergyman in Japan . . . writes: "I find no affinity whatever between Ainu (the aboriginal language of Japan) and Haida. Your language is neither Ainu, Japanese, Korean, nor Chinese, nor do I think it has any connection with Manchurian. -- Sept. 23rd, 1906.
http://archive.org/details/agrammarhaidala00keengoog

Haida grammar by  Rev. C. Harrison (1895)
Those who have occasion to use this Grammar of the Haida Language, may refer with advantage to the notes on this language published by Dr. Franz Boas, in his report to the committee of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1888, especially as regards the phonology of Haida speech, and to the Report on the Haida’s, by Dr. G. M. Dawson, published by the Geological Survey of Canada in 1878.
http://archive.org/details/cihm_06399