Monthly Archive: May, 2019

Hidden discoveries: Extinct animals & creole-pidgin ethnozoology (Part 1)

There are precious nuggets of previously unknown Chinuk Wawa, reported on the spot in the 1850s, to be panned from the torrent of raw information in an old railroad survey.

Baptiste of Shhkaltkmah writes to the editor

A young Secwepemc man writes with news of a tragedy…

Where does the compound síl-háws (tent) come from?

Beyond etymology is linguistic archaeology™.

Siletz, or “Lo” Reconstructed

Early in the reservation era, Chinuk Wawa is a force at Siletz & the rest of southwest Oregon…

Naughty Jargon in public, 1917?

Oh no he didn’t!  Did he?

“LiksK” (kopa naika mama)

Spelled variously (how about < exstlem oksio > ), but all one rite of passage.

Local humour: Expensive mowich and Indian illihees

The Chinuk Wawa loanwords here are self-explanatory, so they don’t detract from the fun.

Warm Springs: Indians get on to the auto

A wire service news article out of Oregon is given an eye-catching subheader by an enterprising White editor…

On whim

Frontier-era Chinuk Wawa < whim > ‘fall’ is from SW WA Salish, where it doesn’t mean ‘fall’!

Le Jeune’s first letter to the Indigenous people

This is the earliest known example of Father Le Jeune of Kamloops writing in letter format to Indian people.