Language & Culture

Language & Culture

About the Language Program

Hupač̓asatḥ believe that our language is a celebration and an illustration of our culture. Therefore it is our goal to be 100% fluent within Hupač̓asatḥ territory.

Over the years, the Hupacasath Fluent Speakers have produced nine books and one DVD in Nuučaan̓uł. Links for how to access these works are available on our books and publications page. To see some examples of the Fluent Speakers in action, check out our online videos.

Other members of the Hupač̓asatḥ Language Team work with a network of experts from all over the world in the fields of cultural studies, linguistics, technology, and design. The team writes and researches, attends conferences and learns about other langauge programs, and presents on the exciting developments that are happening right here. With the shared goal of reviatlizing Nuučaan̓uł, we can all benefit from the beauty and diversity of this language.

Language Books

Thanks to the Nuu Chah Nulth Economic Development Program for providing us with the grant to make the following Nuu Chah Nulth language books available for free online to anyone who would like to download them. Thank you, also, to the fluent speakers of the Hupačasatḥ Community for dedicating their time and their wisdom when writing these books.

If you would like to order printed copies of these books, please contact the Hupačasatḥ Band Office at 250-724-4041.

Books and DVDs Produced by Hupacasath Publications

What the Hupacasath Did During the Four Seasons,

©Hupačasatḥ First Nation 2006
originally published in 2003
reprint, through the Trafford Publishing | First People’s Language Grant

The Things that We Have, As Told By Our Elders
©Hupačasatḥ First Nation 2004

All Colours

©Hupačasatḥ First Nation 2004

Counting Book

Himwica: Our Legends

©Hupačasatḥ First Nation 2005

The Water Was our Highway
©Hupačasatḥ First Nation 2006

Words From Many Roots
©Hupačasatḥ First Nation 2006

Hupačasatḥ hiits cik yak : Language of the Hupacasath
©Hupačasatḥ First Nation 2007

ʔiiḥcamiscukwitin ʔuwaatincamis : It is Important to Know Who Our Relatives Are
©Hupačasatḥ First Nation 2008
Available for download or hardcover purchase from Lulu.com late fall 2008.