Monthly Archive: June, 2015

A Siwash Knot

“A Siwash Knot” — Charles Suimptken’s and Harriet Quinpitcher’s wedding announcement from Twisp, WA ran as a curio — I know! — in The Ledge (with which is incorporated the Boundary Creek Times), out of Greenwood,… Continue reading

Another frontier newspaper vocabulary of Chinook Jargon

One of the first newspapers in Washington Territory was the Seattle Weekly Gazette. For the benefit of new arrivals, its volume 1, number 25 (August 6th, 1864) carries a Chinook Jargon vocabulary on page 4, occupying columns… Continue reading

Chinook Wawa Day in BC: this Saturday, June 27

CHINOOK WAWA DAY The Province declares, “It’s skookum to speak Chinook Wawa.” The Vancouver Courier wants you to know “Chinook Wawa Day celebrates BC trade language.” MetroNews says this celebration is “Reviving Vancouver’s ‘original working language’.” I… Continue reading

Edward Holland Nicoll’s phony Chinook

Maybe I shouldn’t be so tough on the author of this Popular Science Monthly feature (June 1889, pages 257-261).  In his “The Chinook Language or Jargon” — which follows an interesting argument with Prof. Huxley on… Continue reading

Civil War Chinook Jargon letter mystery

The superb “Civil War Day by Day” blog (“from the Louis Round Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill”) put up a post about 4 years ago that contained a… Continue reading