Monthly Archive: November, 2014

So 2 chiefs & a priest go to Europe, parts 13-14

This priest…had a strong strap for carrying his belongings when he was traveling by foot, and he carried those heavy things with his [fore]head like the Thompson Indians used to when they packed… Continue reading

So two chiefs and a priest travel to Europe, part 12

When you folks get back, write to us and we’ll get some kinnikkinnik to you, and also a stone pipe, red stone. (Previous installment, now updated with an English translation, here.)    … Continue reading

So 2 chiefs & a priest go to Europe…part 11

[The visit of Bishop Grouard to Kamloops Indian Reserve mentioned below is very entertaining; I’ll have to copy it out from Kamloops Wawa in a future post for you.–Dave] (Previous installment, updated with… Continue reading


…we saw there nearby, an Indian man, with his face painted up: I made signs to him to come over and he came, and we gave him that tin of mutton… (Previous installment,… Continue reading

“I got the name of a great linguist…and accordingly never pleaded ignorance”

An amusing trifle to entertain you on what in the Pacific Northwest is a crisp cold day: I had never studied Spanish while at college, and could not speak a word, when at… Continue reading

So 2 chiefs ‘n’ a priest go to Europe, part 9

(Previous installment here.) That’s no ditch, it’s a fence! Naika klatwa wawa kopa iht tkop man ikta ukuk ditsh? Iaka I went to ask a white man what that ditch was.  He wawa:… Continue reading

Tapahote! Hilu mayka shim!

My friend George Lang’s book “Making Wawa” (UBC Press, 2008) presents the exciting contribution of a previously unknown early Jargon manuscript. Pages 78-80 are photos of the “Ms. 195” wordlist, tentatively attributed to… Continue reading

So 2 chiefs & a priest travel to Europe, part 8

Chilliheetza thought and thought about this, and he asked, “What is that ditch all about?” (Previous installment: click here.)      …swim kopa ukuk chok; wiht klaska makmak ukuk wam chok, iaka  … Continue reading


Louis remarked, “When I get back home, I’m telling  my wife to set out two spoons and three knives,and three forks, for me to eat with: then I’ll be a real chief.” [Previous installment… Continue reading