The Haida Language

The Haida language is spoken in the Haida Gwa'ai (the Queen Charlotte Islands) and on an adjacent portion of the coast of Alaska.

Map showing the location of the Haida region within North America

The indigenous name for the Haida people, meaning "the people", is /hát'e:/ in the Northern (Masset) dialect, /xa:ydəga:y/ in the Southern (Skidegate) dialect. The English name is an anglicization of the Northern dialect form.

Haida is not known to be related to any other language. It has sometimes been claimed to be related to Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit, but this claim is not generally accepted.