Monthly Archive: March, 2019

Nika tiki muck-a-muck

Frederick Dally (1838-1914) was a British photographer in frontier British Columbia (1862-1870) who had an eye for unique souvenirs.

Wake Cumtux Coulee, lol

A Chinuk Wawa place name that’s a pun!

Vancouver – False Creek: The true, inside story of the Kitsilano Reserve deal

The ever-popular “Chinook Jargon + shady politics” trope…

How he was sold

As direct linguistic evidence, this is not so hot, but it’s quite a revealing variation on a popular frontier-era joke about sociolinguistic expectations.

Pioneer Nig Saul

At points offensive, but well worth quoting in full, is this nationally circulated rare biographical remembrance of a very early African-American settler and Jargon speaker on the Lower Columbia.

Florida Man writes “Tenderfeet in Alaska, or, Scared by Miner’s Yarns”

What an odd find!

Johny English

An untranslated post-frontier new article brings a bit of attempted humor in Chinuk Wawa.

H.M. Ball letter, 1871

You’ve seen Henry Maynard Ball recently on this website, as a judge absentmindedly misspeaking in Jargon to an Indigenous lady. Now you can read an entire letter he wrote to another Canadian woman… Continue reading

Oregon CPE: Struck It in Hops (and linguistic “silos”)

In this website we’ve looked at reports of how Indigenous people and Chinese immigrants crossed paths… 

Ducks yaka chaco!

Humor! A post-frontier reminiscence of frontier days on the north coast of British Columbia…