Monthly Archive: December, 2015

Wine tea, a redundancy born of anachronism

When Kamloops Wawa  tells, on pages 21-22 of issue #118b (i.e. a whole ‘nother issue dated July 1894), the story of the wedding at Cana, we get an additional example of the old-fashioned talk that… Continue reading

The great Fraser River flood of 1894

The great Fraser River flood of 1894 impressed those affected sufficiently for it to get immediately labeled as “the big flood”. On the bright side, settlement was still pretty sparse so deaths were… Continue reading

Why would Frederic Remington use Chinuk Wawa?

The master of the “Western” genre in American painting, Frederic Remington (1861-1909), got most of his down-to-earth experience on the Plains: places like Nebraska and Montana. On a website like mine, you’ll expect… Continue reading

The Chinook Old Testament is full of Jesus!

Jesus or “ShK”, as Shisyu Kri is almost always abbreviated in the shorthand, has a surprising and enormous presence in the BC missionary text summarizing the contents of the Old Testament. (For my… Continue reading

The Education of Little Tree: how linguists can help expose fake Indians

The other day I picked up a copy of The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter; it’s a well-known fraud. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Education_of_Little_Tree) Let me show a linguist’s small contribution to the question of its authenticity.… Continue reading