1873: Earliest “skookum paper”?

A Chinook Jargon phrase that I learned on a research trip in southeast Alaska makes its first known appearance in southwest Oregon…

1905: “Siwash” camp on Copper River, Alaska

When I posted this on the old CHINOOK listserv in 2008, we had no way to show pictures…

Lower Chehalis stəʔíxʷciɬ and 3 parallels with Chinuk Wawa

I’ve mentioned many times the outsized, but under-researched, role of Lower Chehalis Salish in forming “Chinook Jargon”.

WW2: “Loose Lips Sink Ships” in Jargon

A famous World War 2 slogan, familiar to Americans of a certain age, also showed up in Chinuk Wawa.

1926: Old boys ‘n’ Jargon doggerel/invitation in Rupert

Dusting off the Chinook to reminisce about a fundamental tragedy…

Why there are so few loan words in Ktunaxa (Kootenay/Kutenai)

A lack of foreign borrowed words in a language doesn’t necessarily tell you there were historically no foreigners present…

2014: The first document to call Chinuk Wawa a Métis language?

Giving credit where it’s due.

4 words for ‘star’ in Chinuk Wawa

A language mostly documented by short lists of words can still surprise you!

1915: “J. Sox” Brown accepts invitation w/the “sitkum dollar” joke!

Twenty-five years after the closing of the frontier era, this Chinook Jargon from Canadian-born pioneer Josiah Sawyer “J. Sox” Brown (1845-1932) had to be translated for newspaper readers…

James A. Teit writing in Chinook Jargon

Thanks to Dr. Wendy Wickwire…