Skil Jaadee White
For more than six decades, basketball has played a huge part in our experience as Haida. If you don’t play the sport yourself, you surely have family and friends who play in the annual All Native Basketball Tournament. Every winter, excitement builds as the Haida Nation prepares to represent our communities. In some ways, this sport is a modern and friendly way of engaging in long-standing coastal competition between Indigenous nations.
Our language intertwines many aspects of our culture and strengthens all that id kuuniisii our ancestors have given us to learn. As we move forward as Haida, we continue to grow culturally and adapt ancestral teachings to our diverse environments.
Xaad Kil Nee Challenges you!
The 2020 ANBT is just around the corder and Xaad Kil Nee is challenging Haida citizens and friends to learn more Haida! Demonstrate Haida pride and celebrate our place-based language from by learning these words and phrases!
|English||Xaad kil||Xaayda kil|
|All Native Basketball Tournament||Xaadgee gud ahl naangang||XaaydaGa Gud Kan.gudang|
|coach||nang kihlgulas||Nang KilGuhlGas|
|players||nang skusk’ajuu leeygas||Naang LlGaayGalang|
|captain||nang skusk’ajuu k’ulas||Ga K'uulas|
|hurry back||hawiid hl sdiihl||Haawiid hla sdiihl|
|help me||dii ga hl tlaayd||Dii gii hla tllGad|
|get it||la hl isdii||Daw hla.|
|shoot||jid hla||JidGad hla.|
|turn||an tadll' juuhldii||DlljaGuhlda|
|that’s enough||hu tlaan||Hawsdluu|
|time out||k’asgad ‘wee Gadawang||K'waay hla Gid.|
|pass the ball||skusk’ajuu dii ga isdii||Gina skaajuus hla k'aat'a|
|nice move||huu laagaa!||Dlljuu yahda|
|get the ball||skusk’ajuu hl duu||Skaajuus hla daw!|
|use your head||k’atsang hl gyaandii||Kaajing hla gyaaging|
|we won||iitl’ gwii kalgang!||Id gwii Kaay.yil ga|
|everyone is cheering||dalang ‘waadluwaan gudangaay ‘laagang||Tl'l 'waadluxan siik'iiGadang|
This article is published in the recent Haida Laas featuring Haida language speakers, learners and advocates. View or download the full edition here.