The Hupacasath Language Institute is dedicated to sharing what we've learned and providing a resource for Nuučaan̓uł language materials worldwide. If you know of a project, or are working on one, please email us! We'd be pleased to include it here, and we are always interested in additional materials to include in our archive.

Help With Nuučaan̓uł on the internet

Working with Nuučaan̓uł on a personal computer has become much easier to both use and distribute due to the advancement of Unicode, which made it possible to encode millions of additional characters into a font. If you have a recent computer, with a recent operating system (OSX and higher, Windows98 and higher) and an up-to-date web browser, and have the applicable fonts installed, it should work.

If you can see the word "Nuučaan̓uł" displayed without any boxes or nonsensical letters and symbols in it, you're all set!

If you can't, try these things:

Browser Compliance

Make sure you have the most recent version of your web browser. Firefox is recommended.

From the menu bar in your browser (at the top, that includes file, edit, view, etc.)
Choose view>text encoding
Select UTF-8.

Applicable Fonts

Make sure you have one of these fonts loaded into your system's font folders: Plantagenet Novus, Lucida Grande, or Lucida Sans. These fonts include the necessary characters.

If you don't have one of these fonts, you can request to purchase Plantagenet Novus here.
You can get Lucida for your Mac (Lucinda Grande) or PC (Lucida Sans Unicode) here.

Help with Typing in Nuu Chah Nulth

In order to type with Nuučaan̓uł in the Unicode (sometimes called OpenType) system, you will need a keyboard application to map the characters on your keyboard, a font that contains Nuučaan̓uł characters, and word-processing or layout software that supports multi-lingual systems.


The Hupač̓asatḥ First Nation worked with typographer Ross Mills to develop an intuitive and easy to install keyboard for Nuu Chah Nulth.

Download Ross Mill's Nuu Chah Nulth keyboard: Tiro Nuu Chah Nulth Keyboard
Download the keyboard map here: Tiro Nuu Chah Nulth Keyboard Map

Another keyboard on Chris Harvey's Nuu Chah Nulth page:


The font Lucida Sans Unicode(PC) or Lucida Grande (Mac) includes the Nuučaan̓uł characters we need, and ships with both Mac (since OSX) and Windows (Since Windows98).

You will need the Tiro Nuu Chah Nulth keyboard (see above) or another keyboard installed on your computer in order to type in Nuučaan̓uł, but if you already have the fonts listed above, you should be able to read in Nuučaan̓uł just fine.

If you are looking for something more than Lucida, Ross Mills at Tiro Typeworks has worked with Nuučaan̓uł characters, built our Nuučaan̓uł keyboard, and includes the characters that we need in his fonts. To find out more, and to see his latest releases, visit:

Friendly Software

Your software must also be Unicode-friendly. We recommend the word-processing software Nisus Writer Express.

other Nuu Chah Nulth language web sites

Hishuk ish Tsawalk ~ Everything Is one

FirstVoices hosts several Nuučaan̓uł language projects. You can navigate to Nuučaan̓uł through the main portal or visit either Nuučaan̓uł Tribal Council's general Nuučaan̓uł project or c̓išaaʔatḥ's School Project through this main page.