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Makah (qʷi·qʷi·diččaq)

Makah is a southern Wakashan language that was spoken in the northwest of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state in the USA, along the south side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The last fluent native speaker, Ruth E. Claplanhoo, died in 2002, however the Makah tribe are working to revive the language. There are Makah classes for children and adults, and textbooks have been published.

Makah is also known as Kwe-Nee-Chee-Aht or Kweedishchaaht, and is related to Nuu-chah-nulth and Ditidaht.

Makah alphabet and pronunciation

Makah alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text

qʷiyubuta·ł kabatse·ʔit ʔiʔi·x̌ʷaqa·ł čačabax̌i·kłʔit pi·šbe·daq̓aqƛ ̓k̓a·šč̓uʔu· ʔiš yaša·baq̓aqƛbadax̌ ʔadʔaʔƛ̓ubał kabat̓ap ʔiʔi·x̌ʷaqa·ł ʔuʔu·tax̌su·bač čačabax̌ kabat̓ap qʷa·ʔux̌.


More than anything else, whale hunting represents the spiritual and technological preparedness of the Makah people and the wealth of the culture.

Source: http://content.lib.washington.edu/cmpweb/exhibits/makah/whaling-in-makah.html

Videos in and about Makah


Information about the Makah Language

Wakashan languages

Ditidaht, Haisla, Heiltsuk, Kwak̓wala, Liq’wala, Makah, Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Oowekyala

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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