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Culture: Anishinaabe | Cayuse | Klallam | Cree | Dakelh | Haida | Heiltsuk | Kalapuya | Klickitat | Ktunaxa | Nez Perce | Nisga'a | Nuxalk | Ojibwe | Secwépemc | Squamish | Syilx | Tlingit | Walla Walla
Alternate forms: Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Carrier, Haíɫzaqv, Kootenai, Kootenay, Kutenai, Nehiyaw, Okanagan, Okanagon, Saulteaux, Shuswap, Skwxwú7mesh, Clallam, S'Klallam, nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm, Niska, Nishga, Nisgha
Language(s): Cayuse | Klallam | Cree, Plains | Dakelh (ᑕᗸᒡ) | Haida | Heiltsuk-Oowekyala | Kalapuya | Kutenai | Nez Perce | Nisga'a | Nuxalk | Ojibwa, Western | Okanagan | Secwepemc | Squamish | Tlingit | Walla Walla
Contributor: Black, Samuel | Dorion, Babtiste | Gardiner, Meredith | McKenzie, Benjamin | Ogden, Peter | Townsend, John Kirk, 1809-1851
Subject: Linguistics | Alaska--History | Washington (State)--History | Idaho--History | Oregon--History | British Columbia--History | Ontario--History | Saskatchewan--History
Extent: 2 volumes
Description: This collection contains two manuscript volumes collected by the naturalist John Kirk Townsend, obtained by dictation from native speakers, people of mixed ancestry, and traders of the Hudson's Bay Company. The first volume contains a collection of multiple comparative vocabulary lists of languages of modern-day Washington, Idaho, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska, obtained by dictation from native speakers, people of mixed ancestry, and traders of the Hudson's Bay Company. Languages included are: "Okanagan" (N̓səl̓xcin), "Attnaha" or "Shoushwap" (Secwepemctsin), "Walla Walla (Sahaptin), "Squalyamish" (Squamish / Sḵwx̱wú7mesh ?), "Nooselalum" (Klallam / nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm), "Haeeltzuk" (Heiltsuk), "Billichoola" (Nuxalk), "Nass" (Nisga'a), "Haidah" (Haida), "Tongaase" (Tlingit, possibly inland variety), Nez Perce, Chinook [Jargon], "Carrier or Takelhé" (Dakelh), "Kayouse" (Cayuse), and "Kootenai" (Ktunaxa). The second volume is a collection of vocabulary lists of 19 Indigenous languages, primarily of the Pacific Northwest, re-copied from earlier notes in an orderly fashion with an index and additional introductory information on the area where each language is spoken and the source of the vocabulary. 15 of the vocabularies are re-copied out from the first volume in this collection. This volume includes the languages listed for that volume, plus Cree (possibly Plains Cree), "Kalapooyah" (Kalapuya), Klikatat (Sahaptin or Yakama), and "Seauteux" (Western Ojibwa/Ojibwe).
Collection: John Kirk Townsend Indian vocabularies collection (Mss.497.3.T66)
Alternate forms: NIska, Nisgha, Nishga
Extent: 13 audiocassettes (6 hr., 30 min.) : DIGITIZED
Description: Linguistic field recordings of the Nisgha (Nisga'a, Niska) language. Elicitation of a numbered list of words and phrases conducted by Linda Walsh with consultants Dorothy Doolan and Bertha Azak. Recorded from 1986 to 1987 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (NOTE: This material has been digitized and can be accessed online for free by users not physically at the APS Library through a login and password. Please see our Audio Access Page for information on how to request these materials.)
Collection: Morphological structure of Nisgha (Mss.Rec.181)
Contributor: Boas, Franz, 1858-1942
Extent: 1 notebook
Description: The Nisga'a materials in the Boas Field Notebooks and Anthropometric Data collection consist of varied linguistic or ethnographic notes, some possibly in German shorthand, located within Field notes 1888 #1.
Collection: Franz Boas early field notebooks and anthropometric data (Mss.B.B61.5)
Alternate forms: Nass, Nisgha, Nishga, Nishka, Niska, Nisqa'a
Date: circa 1894; After 1911; 1920
Contributor: Boas, Franz, 1858-1942 | Matheson, G. | Sapir, Edward, 1884-1939 | Schulenburg, A. C. | Stirling, Matthew Williams, 1896-1975
Extent: Circa 3,300 slips, 241 pages, 4 notebooks
Description: The Nisga'a materials in the ACLS collection consist primarily of materials in the "Nass (Nisga'a)" section of the finding aid. The earliest item (Pn5b.3) is a roughly 500-word Nisga'a-English list compiled by Boas from his own work and that of Schulenberg's "Die Sprache der Zimshian-Indianer." There are subsequent texts and vocabularies recorded by Boas, Sapir, and Stirling within this section. Also included is the first half of a Nisga'a-German dictionary compiled by Boas (item Pn5b.4), and an extensive lexicon by Stirling numbering over 3000 word slips (item Pn5b.1). In the "Tsimshian" section of the finding aid, see also Boas' "Texts and word lists in Tsimshian, Ts'ets'aut, and Nisga'a" (item Pn5a.5), which includes original field notes, texts (most published), song texts, musical scores, and some shorthand notes. Overall, material described in the collection as "Nass" or "Nass River" is Nisga'a, though some may be intermixed among Tsimshian materials.
Collection: ACLS Collection (American Council of Learned Societies Committee on Native American Languages, American Philosophical Society) (Mss.497.3.B63c)
Alternate forms: Niska, Nishga, Nisgha, Nass
Contributor: Tarpent, Marie-Lucie
Extent: 0.1 linear feet
Description: Daythal Kendall's only explicitly Nisga'a item is a handout of Marie-Lucie Tarpent's "More on Nisgha Ergativity, Reflexives and Reciprocals" (Series 5). However, Tarpent also produced much on the Tsimshianic language family as a whole, some of which is also present in Kendall's collection. The most significant of these is the draft project "Penutian Morphological Comparisons", containing 200 pages of historical phonological comparisons within the hypothesized Penutian phylum, with a focus on Tsimshianic languages.
Collection: Daythal L. Kendall Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.148)
Date: 1984-1987, 1989-1991, 1994
Contributor: Azak, Bertha | Belvin, Robert S. | Doolan, Dorothy | Thompson, Wendy H. | Walsh, Linda G.
Genre: Correspondence | Dissertations | Elicitation sessions | Essays | Reports | Stories | Transcriptions | Vocabularies
Extent: 427 pages
Description: The Nisga'a materials in the Phillips Fund collection consist of 3 items. Materials in this collection are listed alphabetically by last name of author. See materials listed under Belvin, Thompson, and Walsh.
Collection: Phillips Fund for Native American Research Collection (Mss.497.3.Am4)
Alternate forms: NIska, Nisgah, Nishga, NIsgha
Extent: 5 audiocassettes (2 hr., 3 min.) : DIGITIZED
Description: Grammatical elicitation of Nisgha (Nisga'a) sentences with consultants Sarah Picard and Will Stevenson, recorded by Wendy Thompson and Robert Belvin from June to August 1984. Location of recording not identified. (NOTE: This material has been digitized and can be accessed online for free by users not physically at the APS Library through a login and password. Please see our Audio Access Page for information on how to request these materials.)
Collection: Nisgha material (Mss.Rec.122)
Alternate forms: Gitksan, Niska, Nisgha, Nishga
Contributor: Azak, Bertha | Belvin, Robert S. | Grandison, Pauline | Haizimsque, Sam | Haizimsque, Sarah | Robinson, Rosie | Williams, Verna
Extent: 5 sound tape reels (1 hr., 42 min.) : DIGITIZED
Description: Linguistic field recordings in Vancouver, British Columbia in August and September 1989, and in New Aiyansh, British Columbia in August 1990. Nisgha language elicitations, Vocabularies, and grammar; narratives about the Nisgha and Gitxsan, and the flooding of Old Aiyansh; free translations of Psalm 23 and the Lord's Prayer into Nisgha; brief Christian hymn sung in Nisgha. (NOTE: This material has been digitized and can be accessed online for free by users not physically at the APS Library through a login and password. Please see our Audio Access Page for information on how to request these materials.)
Collection: Recordings of Nisgha language field studies (Mss.Rec.163)