Talking Chinook in South Africa with Father Walsh
Father Jolivet passes the time pleasantly on a visit to Father Walsh in South Africa of all places, thanks to Chinook!
The following anecdote from a published letter by Jolivet (1826-1903) tells of two Oblate missionary priests finding out, in South Africa, that they both know Chinuk Wawa from time spent in frontier-era British Columbia.
The men involved are James Walsh (a friend of Father Le Jeune’s) and Charles Constant Jolivet (mentioned in a 1915 issue of Le Jeune’s Kamloops Wawa as having been active in interior BC in 1869).
Jolivet reminisces about a couple of titans of BC Chinook Jargon: early missionary Father Fouquet, and Paul Durieu, who taught the Jargon to, among others, Chinuk Pipa inventor Le Jeune.
I’ll show you this in two languages…
— from Annales de la propagation de la foi, volume 54 (1882), page 304
(The contemporaneous English version of the same account) —