I learned Chinook Jargon in 15 minutes

…claimed the colorful, eccentric, famous rich man after whom Jules Verne may or may not have modeled his protagonist Phileas Fogg! Advertisements

Ogopogo in Chinook Jargon

Among the odder themes that recur when you’re a scholar of Chinook Jargon: cryptids.

Were you horse-stealing?

The humor in this Chinuk Wawa quote is left untranslated, as usual in frontier times when the readers who mattered would understand it anyway!

La cingle, or la ceinture?

George Gibbs’s influential 1863 dictionary of Chinuk Wawa supplies etymologies.

Share my fire

When “house porn” and Chinuk Wawa collide:

Notice to school taxpayers

A page filled with sober legal notices and memorials is livened up with this late-frontier civic message:

Early settlers to Oregon Indians: wait for a hyass Boston tyee

Wow! File under #treaties, and more.

Ferrin’ languages

I think I just opened a time capsule!

1954 Seattle refrigerating engineer’s speech in Chinuk Wawa

Of all the odd places to find a Chinuk Wawa text!

Siwash pilgrims

Mighty patronizing, but I think revenge gets had, and there’s some good data here.