Daily Archive: September 23, 2015

White good, Indian bad

A racist Catch-22.  Paraphrased: The only good Indian is one who you turn into a White person.  The only easy way to acculturate the Indians is to use Chinook Jargon.  Chinook Jargon is… Continue reading

Alcoholism and the first literate generation

I’m not intentionally connecting alcoholism with the introduction of literacy to people who had never known it, but you’ll often find the two subjects cheek-by-jowl in the letters of the Oblate missionary priests. One… Continue reading