More from the father of the Golden Potlatch

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A Clatsop pioneer of 1840 recalls…

Eyewitness to a maritime disaster of the United States Exploring Expedition, the wreck of the USS Peacock…

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!

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!