Old Kalika

Many words in the old Kalika language will be familiar to those who know the Algonquian language  of the Blackfoot people of Canada and the United States. The Kalika people have a very different culture to the Blackfoot. The Blackfoot are a people of the Plains, with a proud tradition as hunters and warriors. The Kalika live in the trees in the magical land of Gort. There are not many similarities, but for some reason the Old Kalika spells work very well in the Blackfoot tongue.

‘I am grateful to the Blackfoot people for their influence on my writing, and I hope they don’t mind me borrowing a few words of their beautiful language.’Karen Hughes

Blackfoot words

Nukpana
Okowa
Api
Ki’somma
Ko’komiki’somma
Stapa
Aohkii
Mottaka
Taataa natayo
Ksik-si-num
Otahko
Namito
Asaksiwa
Sik
Maohk

To find out more about the Blackfoot people and their language, click here.  

Red-tailed-HawkDasa

The Dasa are the people of the mountains and their language is ‘the sound of a stream running over rocks, the sound of water gurgling and singing’. The Dasa language is native to Gort.

Baba – Father
Madaba – Upper spirit realm
Undaba – Lower spirit realm
Udub baba mada ba? – What is the old man doing?
Ba ribba! – Stop!
Yaba mada – Be gone

A puzzle for you

There aren't many people left in Gort who can speak Old Kalika. It is the language of magic and mystery.
So how does Kai know it, and why does he need it?

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