I’ve shared TW Davenport’s memoir (written by 1907) where he said he and other pioneer Chinuk Wawa speakers called themselves “Chinookers”.
That’s a word of Pacific Northwest English that we haven’t looked at yet.
You could sort of say, “That’s the first, uh, Chinooker I ever caught.” 🙂
(Here’s hoping that video displays for you.)
If we’re to judge from the printed occurrences of it that we can track down — and it turns out that it’s murder to separate “Chinooker” from “Chinook” in searching old newspapers — this looks like a rare old word.
It was used as a synonym for “Chinook wind” and everything regionally associated with it including the “Chinook salmon”, as well as meaning a Jargon talker.
The only additional uses of “Chinooker” as “Chinuk Wawa speaker” that I know are in a couple of 1970’s linguistics papers, one by Samuel V. Johnson and one by Jay Powell.
What do you think?