Chinook and owls?

I happened to notice one word for owls in both Cowlitz and Upper Chehalis, a couple of Salish languages from the original homeland of Chinook Jargon:

Chinook owl

Cowlitz – čənóʔkʷšitm “owl (hawk?)”

Upper Chehalis – tcinu’kçitEm “owl (unidentified)”

I hope the special symbols used to type these will display right for you.

Do you see “Chinook” in there?

Want to share thoughts on why that would be connected with owls?

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