1932: Rhodes Scholar gives speech in Jargon

From the “Small World” Dept.!

1868: A Chinuk Wawa dictionary we hadn’t known of

Here’s a marvelous discovery…

Culture lessons: Things Chinuk Wawa doesn’t do (Part 3)

Here’s another kind of thing we don’t do in Chinook Jargon, so pay attention and learn to talk fluently…

“Músmus-latèt” people at Skeetchestn, BC!

Hayu masi to Alex Code for reminding me of this striking episode in the Kamloops Wawa newspaper!

1917, Bella Coola BC: Hiyu chicimen stone

Chinuk Wawa has played an important role the “exploration” of the Pacific Northwest by Settlers.

Boas 1892: Many discoveries in a short article (Part 11: an obscene meaning)

Reports of the death of mamuk were greatly exaggerated!

1905, BC: Bridge River paper salmon

Naika wawa mirsi kopa Alex Code, for a splendid little discovery.

“Faire briller”: The case for a Métis source of the mamuk-/munk- Causative

Have I never before pointed out the possibility that Chinuk Wawa’s mamuk- verb inflection (which is munk- in the southern dialect — I’ve usually called it the “Causative”– might be due to to Métis/Canadian French… Continue reading

Ikta Dale McCreery yaka t’ɬap (Part 1)

This mini-series is meant to highlight the fascinating stuff my BC Michif friend & colleague Dale McCreery finds and shares from the people meets in the Bella Coola area.

‘Islands’ in southern and northern CW

No dialect is an island!