Slocum tum-tum

I had to pull off the highway when I saw the sign for “Indian Shaker Church Road” at Mud Bay.

Shaker Church Road

This is a Native Christian denomination that has a strong historical association, I’ve been told, with Chinook Jargon.  For example, it’s said that Shakers were described as “Slocum tum-tum“.  (Having a Slocum heart, after the founder, Squaxin Island shaman John Slocum).

Shake song

There are also said to be Shaker songs in Chinook Jargon.

I’m no expert on the Indian Shaker Church.  I’ve seen just a bit of it in person.

Do any of my readers want to volunteer notes about this connection?

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