Indigenous Language Terms

The Northwest Coast is one of the most diverse linguistic regions in North America, with at least 45 languages represented. These languages reflect age-old cultural traditions that developed and were passed down through the generations. Embedded in these languages are the memories of how people lived on the land and sea and interacted with each other and other creatures. Language preservation is one of the greatest struggles facing Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast. 

Explore this page to hear the words and phrases associated with herring as they are spoken in some of the languages of the Northwest Coast peoples. 


You soak the dried herring roe on kelp
We dry the herring roe on kelp on the beach
We will roast herring over an open fire
The herring is already smoked
Storage food box
Brailing herring
Peel herring eggs off kelp
I have dried my herring roe on kelp
I like to gather herring roe on kelp
The kelp is ready
They are getting ready to dump the herring
He is holding up the herring roe on kelp