Pioneer chants weird Indian song in Chinook Jargon
In news of a local version of one of the then-popular statewide annual reunions of “old Oregon” pioneers, we have this teaser:
George W. Dunn is the retiring
president. Rev. P.R. Burnett, Mrs.
Dunn’s father, inroduced an innova-
tion at the gathering by chanting a
weird Indian song in the Chinook
The reunion in 1918 will be held
For the Chinook Jargon song to qualify as “weird”, I believe it couldn’t be one of the many Christian hymns we still know of in the pidgin. This particular adjective, wiht its sense of “uncanny, spooky”, was typically applied to “real Indian stuff” — manifestations of Indigenous culture that differ markedly from their Euro-American counterparts.
So I really wish for a time machine to pop back & check out what Native-inspired song the preacher was belting out!