Monthly Archive: March, 2019

Another reason why it should be called “Chinúk-T’səx̣élis Wáwa”

A modest proposal I want to make about Salish-looking words of Lower Chinookan, many of which became Chinuk Wawa…

Union is accomplished! On y parle Chinook!

“Chinook spoken here,” that is.

Correspond in Chinook: how to say ‘sandwiches and clam chowder’

Pioneer Thomas Prosch of Seattle adds to a string of Chinuk Wawa-rich appearances in this space… 

Sarah Ruhamah De Bell Frost Beggs, last survivor of the Oregon Mission of 1840

While working with legendary photographer Edward S. Curtis, the important early historian of the Pacific Northwest, Edmond S. Meany, had a chance encounter in South Dakota with a very old woman who spoke… Continue reading

Native Sons and Daughters

A social organization of Oregon-born kids of the pioneers — what better place to go looking for good (creole?) speakers of Chinuk Wawa!

Police Court

From the Barkerville beat: a sample of another pidgin language…

Sheepshanks! “A Bishop in the Rough”

A 1909 biography of John Sheepshanks, Bishop of Norwich, who spent time in early British Columbia. “A Bishop in the Rough“

Siskiyou etymology dispute, 1910

The American West of the Settler society has a long and steady history of arguing & separatism…

Kirkland Social News

Kind of a sad flipside to my recent post on “B.C. Black History (etc.)“.

Delate $$$

A short, single-paragraph item in a late-1870s newspaper uses Chinuk Wawa to comment on national economic policy.