Shortened Japanese words in Jargon?

saibashi syllabic

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Let’s quickly do away with a myth about Chinuk Wawa….

The following — 

japanese chinook 01

— from page 52 of volume 5 of Hubert Howe Bancroft’s book Native Races of the Pacific States of America: Primitive History

— taken from the following — 

japanese chinook 02

— from page 19 of Charles Wolcott Brooks’s article “Japanese wrecks, stranded and picked up adrift in the North Pacific Ocean, ethnologically considered, as furnishing evidence of a constant infusion of Japanese blood among the coast tribes of Northwestern Indians [microform] : read before the California Academy of Sciences, at their meeting, March 1st, 1875

— is a bunch of horsefeathers.

The most solid connection between Japanese and Chinuk Wawa is Ranald Macdonald, although that link isn’t nearly as substantial as Eva Emery Dye’s fabrication about it!

What do you think?

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