Monthly Archive: March, 2014

Sluiskin’s warning! Kloshe nanich!

(Notice how I’m indulging in exclamations this week?!) Here, for you to practice reading connected Chinuk Wawa speech, is a much fuller account of the 1870 expedition to climb Mt. Rainier that was… Continue reading

LINGUISTIC ARCHAEOLOGY REVEALS FUR-TRADE PATTERNS!!!!

It’s a 4-banger!!!!  (Bang=exclamation point, in typesetter lingo.) I put it in capitals to make it seem like headline news.  You’ve got to compete with CNN and Fox News these days. Really, what… Continue reading

Chinook Wawa from BC: AUDIO!

Here’s a lady who was recorded, I believe, by British Columbia’s late great oral history interviewer, Imbert Orchard. This is a just a short audio clip, and I haven’t been told any information… Continue reading

Coast Salish “thread” etc. as BC Chinook Wawa

I was kindly provided a copy of a Chinook Wawa manuscript.  It’s a vocabulary that was written in approximately the 1880s, by a storekeeper-slash-lay preacher in the area of Bella Bella/Waglisla, a fair ways… Continue reading

Wah-Kee-Nah and her people, including James Clark Strong

“Wah-Kee-Nah and Her People“ by James Clark Strong New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1893 In places, a solidly interesting piece of Northwest Americana. New Yorker J.C. Strong lived in the PNW starting in… Continue reading

Gentrifying a Siwash neighborhood in Olympia: The history of a word in local English

The Vancouver (Washington Territory) Independent of April 8, 1876, at the end of its “Olympia Notes” column, reproduces news from the Olympia Echo.  The piece includes the following sentence of note: Little shanties which have been… Continue reading

Mencken on Chinook Jargon’s influence

H.L. Mencken‘s famous 1945 book on “The American Language” (Supplement 1) gets into the subject of Chinook Jargon’s influence on our English, on pages 310-311. I hear a wisely skeptical voice in his… Continue reading