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. 


Threading the herring and then drying
You soak the dried herring
You prepare the drying rack
You pound the dried herring after roasting
We will roast herring over an open fire
The herring is already smoked
Storage for winter supply
Roasted herring on an open fire
Prepare the drying rack
It would be good to roast herring
I have dried my herring eggs
I am going to prepare the drying rack