Chinook Jargon was not actually used very much in the Yukon Territory, despite the impressions you may have gathered from Jack London‘s using it for local colour. That’s why today’s Klondike gold rush-era… Continue reading
<Harvey & Bailey. General Merchants, Ashcroft, B.C.> Tilikom klaska makuk haws kopa Ashkroft. The [Indian] people’s store in Ashcroft. — Kamloops Wawa #201 (June 1902), page 143
This pleasant antique piano is here to offset the unpleasant elements in the story that follows. “When Sheridan Was in Oregon” by Turner F[enner] Le(a)vens (Washington Historical Quarterly, July 1925 / 16(3):163-185). Levens/Leavens… Continue reading
A Canadian Indigenous Thanksgiving, for my American readers. I’m grateful for our always growing community of Chinuk Wawa-Chinook Jargon speakers & learners!
In news of a local version of one of the then-popular statewide annual reunions of “old Oregon” pioneers, we have this teaser: George W. Dunn is the retiring president. Rev. P.R.… Continue reading
The local editors of Portland, Oregon, are abusing one another in choice Chinook, and such words as “siwash tillicums,” “mesacha cultus wawa” are freely bandied as if they had a wonderful… Continue reading