Monthly Archive: September, 2019

1917, Ashland: Hias Chuck & Hiyu He He

The future’s in mineral water, my friend — just look at those “Skookum Limechen Chuck” folks over by Spokane!

Re-evaluating Boas’s 1888 “Chinook Texts” (Part 2)

Investigating the next chunk of Jargon songs in Franz Boas’s 1888 paper, we find the pattern of missed details is consistent…

Re-evaluating Boas’s 1888 “Chinook Songs” (Part 1)

I don’t lightly question the monumentally important Pacific Northwest work of early anthropologist/linguist Franz Boas…

The 1860s Kavanaugh diary found

This Chinook Jargon speaker and early Puget Sound pioneer was married to Princess Tol-Stola, the Swinomish Indian ex-sister-in-law of Confederate President Jefferson C. Davis…which is far from the most interesting thing here.

Of Chirouses and canneries

My main reason for chasing down today’s reading in Jargon is because canneries are on my mind…

California CPE doggerel: Yet Wah, & new lexical discoveries

A kernel of linguistic truth lies within these stereotyping lines…

1904: Fire in a Chicago Theatre (Part 2 of 2)

In another terrible coincidence…

1904: Fire in a Chicago Theatre (Part 1 of 2)

The horrific Iroquois Theatre fire of 1903 is the subject of a lurid narrative in Chinuk Wawa…

Hul’qumi’num’s Jargon traces

A language that carries a serious inheritance from Chinuk Wawa is Hul’qumi’num Salish (a.k.a. Cowichan, Island Halkomelem, et al.) of southeast Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

French Journals & “bostonnais”

Previously in this space, I’ve suggested that Chinuk Wawa’s < boston > for ‘white person; American’ could have a French-language ancestor…