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he, him

Tútl’o means ‘he’, or ‘him’.  It is a pronoun, meaning that it refers to someone in the context of the conversation.


  • Tútl’o sounds like TOOT-law, except that the t’ in tl’ is ‘popped’ (combined with a catch in the throat, to make an ‘ejective’ release)
  • The dictionary records this word with a variety of different spellings including tú:tl’ò and tútl’ò. These other spellings correspond to slight differences in vowel length and pitch.  All are ‘correct’.

Audio: Elizabeth Herrling, Elizabeth Phillips


Here are some examples of how you can use this word:

  • Lam tútl’o.He goes.
  • Imex tútl’o.He walks.
  • Tsel kw’étslexw tútl’o.I saw him.
  • Tsel éystexw tútl’o.I like him.

Note: Elders often ‘drop’ the tútl’o.  For example, instead of Lam tútl’o, an Elder could just say Lam, for a complete sentence meaning ‘He goes’.

Related words

Tútl’ò is related to a number of other words, all based a round a root tl’o,  including:

  • tl’óit is… (e.g. Tl’o telewe. – It’s you.)
  • thútl’oshe, her
  • tl’o suso then

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