Nika wake tica Charley


From the Washington Independent (Hillsboro, OR), Sep. 2, 1875, page 2, column 2.

nica wake tica


The Siwash difficulty mentioned by the Independent, wherein some young bucks had run off with some other Indians’ wives terminated by the capture and return of the squaws. One of the dusky maidens on being asked if she did not love Charley replied, “Nika wake tica Charley. Nika hias ticka Nelson. Nelson hias skookum siwash tilacum.”


I make that to mean “I don’t like Charley.  I love Nelson.  Nelson is a wonderful Indian fella.”

Work for you?

(And can we figure out who Charley, Nelson and the ladies were?)