Chinuk Wawa shorthand writers of Spahomin
I can guarantee you that this photo shows a large number of Chinuk Wawa shorthand writers. (Kamloops Wawa #125 (1895), page 19.) The local chief, John Chilliheetza, was himself a skilled practitioner, and he promoted Chinuk pipa actively.
Spahomin (Douglas Lake), about 50 miles south of Kamloops, was a great hotbed of the Chinook literacy. A big percentage of the population here was writing and reading in Chinuk pipa.
Here is a more recent impression of the same location, St. Nicholas church, by BC painter Michael Kluckner:
For more photos and analysis of the construction of these quaint missionary-designed buildings, I also recommend architect Barry Downs’ fine study, his book Sacred Places: British Columbia’s Early Churches.
That’s all for now. I wanted to quickly get a post out before I move on with the day.