Monthly Archive: October, 2018

Solomon’s Sorrow: The cross-examination of Jimmy Sampson, Merritt, BC, 1911

The local paper gave a ton of space to this courtroom story, thus giving us a rare peep into the use of Chinuk Wawa and pidgin English in that setting…

Chinook fire, an idiom

This was a pretty cool idiom in Kamloops-area Chinuk Wawa:

A deer drive with Spokane Indians

I found a reminiscence of 1882 Camp Spokane (later Fort Spokane) that has local Indians talking Chinuk Wawa with soldiers.

Big Chicamin, BC, and how to translate Led Zeppelin

Big man, big metal…

Whoa Haw, God Dam: How they talked Chinook in Idaho

Those of you who are saying “That’s no surprise” are duly noted, but let’s read on…

The Human Side of the Indian

Indians are people too! This had to be pointed out in 1906!

Whiskey Dick! How’d that name happen?

Part of our Pacific Northwest language heritage is the names of places here.