Monthly Archive: July, 2019

I’m on vacation for a week

I’ll be back with an article a day after that! In the meantime, use the Search box on this site to discover and learn lots of great Chinuk Wawa things you may have… Continue reading

Nisqually, 1906: Recalling the first 4th of July on the Pacific coast

The early settlers of the Nisqually area of south Puget Sound gathered to commemorate an event that occurred even before they arrived.

The Dalles, 1904: Corpse talks to undertaker

We’ve seen a Chinuk Wawa séance with the spirit of an executed Cayuse chief, but here a physical corpse talks Jargon. 

Susie wa wa klosh copa nika

I keep thinking I’ve already written about this Yakima celebrity, and it’s high time that I did.

Interesting argument — I know Salish as well as any White man, so no big deal that the 1855 treaty was made via Chinuk Wawa

Fifty years after the fact, the controversies over how fair the Isaac Stevens treaties were boiled to the surface in the Settler community. 

Catherine Isaac’s letter from Langley, BC

An Indigenous woman writes with news and a special request…

hayáaas, kʰə́əəltəs, íiinatay, & Webster on a bridge: Of new languages there are many

This article from 1906 makes some solid points about Chinook Jargon’s status as (a fashionable idea then) an international language….

Lillooet…A Woman Tenderfoot in Bear Country

From the same area and time as “The Story of a Stump“, where hunters found a Chinuk Pipa message in the woods beyond Lillooet…

1911: Celebrate for Chief Seattle

The beginning of Chief Seattle Days in Suquamish naturally involved a Chinuk Wawa speech…

Shoalwater Bay stories, Part 2

Today: Acelan’s Story. It’s quite possibly a true newly discovered wrinkle in an old story.