Quinault Salish traces of Chinuk Wawa

When you’re looking through a dictionary or other document about an Indigenous language of the Pacific Northwest, beware of remarks intended to be helpful, but that are often misleading.

‘ABLE :: FAST’, an Indigenous metaphor

Sometimes you hear people say there’s a word in Chinook Jargon for ‘can’t’, but not for ‘can’…

1869: Psycho, the Demented gives a speech in Chenook (partly)

George Francis Train’s large head looms in California, and you can see it from my house!

1907: Southern interior BC Chinook conversations, and residential schools

One of my readers, Darrin Brager, was kind enough to send along a really interesting article that some condescending newspaper editor gave an unfortunate headline to.

A discovery: “Boston name” + more Métis horse naming influence

Really truly and for sure, I recommend Geo. Gibbs’s 1877 “Tribes of Western Washington and Northwestern Oregon” as a phenomenal, fun ethnographic read.

“Stick shoes” loan-translated into Lushootseed, twice

In memory of the late Thom Hess.

1945: Skqee Mus letter from Nooksack country

On page xv of Robert Emmett Hawley’s book “Skqee Mus, or Pioneer Days on the Nooksack” (Bellingham, WA, 1945) is the following letter to the reader.

T’əmánəwas boards among Lower Chehalis + Chinooks

Like a number of other highly important cultural terms that Geo. Gibbs reports in his 1877 ethnography, I take it that the phrase “tamahno-ūs boards” was definitely Chinuk Wawa.

Alaska/BC Canadians/”French half-breeds” talking Chinook Jargon

Missionary S. Hall Young remembered plenty about his conversations with Canadian French speakers from originally fur-trade families in the area of Fort Stikine (Wrangell), Alaska, in the 1880s.

1914: LBDB’s “Chinook-English Songs”, part 2 of 15 “Nika Wake Shunta Ole Sante”

Being a longtime partisan of Chinook Jargon, it pains me to confess that the Chinooking of today’s song made it much worse than the touching original!