Beginning language – tthu hwun’a sqwal

When you first start learning to pull the canoe, the paddle feels a little awkward in your hand and the canoe can be a little tippy. But if you keep practicing and soon you are gaining confidence and picking up speed. It’s the same way when you are starting out learning Hul’q’umi’num’. Just keep learning one word and then another, and pretty soon you’ll be picking up speed. Here are some words and phrases for you to start with. You might find these useful for canoe pulling and for life in general.

m’i q’a’thut ’u tthu hul’q’umi’num’ sqwal.

Come join in on the Hul’q’umi’num’ language.


Canoe Words

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Commands from your Skipper

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Parts of the Canoe

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