Relatives- Family and Relations

Understanding the meaning of relations in Nakaway language is very important. In the Nakaway culture, we do not have great aunts and uncles; they are considered as our grandparents because they are the siblings of our parents mother or father. Understanding the importance of our relations.

N’di’nuh’way’maah’gun’nuk- My Relatives
  1. My great-Grandparent: “Nitankopicikan, (n’daahn’goo’pi’ji’gun)
  2. My great-Grandparent(s): Nitankopicikan, (n’daahn’goo’pi’ji’gun’nuk)
  3. Great-Grand Child(ren): n’daah’goo
  4. My Grandfather: Nimisomihs, (ni’mi’shoo’mish)
  5. My Grandfather(s): nimihsomihsak, (ni’mi’shoom’shuk)
  6. My Grandmother: Nohko, (noo’ koo)
  7. My grandmother(s): nohkoyak, (noo’koo’yahk)
  8. My parent: ninikik, (ni’nee’keek)
  9. My parent(s): Ninikikok, (ni’nee’gee’gook)
  10. My father: Nipapa, (nbaa’ paah)
  11. My mother: Nimama, (ni’ maa’maa)
  12. Me: Nin, (neen)
  13. My child: Ninicanins, (ni’nee’chaa’nish)
  14. My Children: Ninicanihsak, (ni’nee’chaan’suk)
  15. My son: nikosins, (ni’goh’zis)
  16. My son(s): nikosinsak, (ni’goh’zih’suk)
  17. My daughter: Nitanis, (n’daah’nish)
  18. My daughter(s): nitanihsak, (n’daah’nish’suk)

Repeating each word syllable by syllable will help you speak more fluent in the correct dialect. Watching the link also help understand more about the importance of family in a First Nation culture. We are not only related to our “family members” but to everything that is living. For instance, we are related to the animals. Each First Nation come from a certain clan that specifically indicates who they are and where they came from.

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