The Haisla Language

Haisla is spoken in Northwestern British Columbia, around Kitimat and in the Kitlope Valley.

The indigenous name is /xá?is@la/ "(those) living at the river mouth, (those) living downriver". The usual English name is an anglicization of the indigenous name. Because the name Kwakiutl has sometimes been extended to include all three of the North Wakashan languages (Kwakw'ala, Haisla, and Heiltsuk/ Oweekyala), the Haisla and their language have sometimes been referred to as the Northern Kwakiutl.

It is a Wakashan language.


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