Circa 1862: Maybe if he’d known Chinook…

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Have a hypnotic Halloween! (Image credit: Alamy)

Imagine my delight on finding another example of 1800s supernatural communication that involves Chinuk Wawa!

(See “A Seance with a Cayuse Chief via Grand Ronde Chinuk Wawa“.)

My delight is tempered, because this Australian performer was evidently too recently arrived to have learned the Jargon.

I think that affected his results in attempting to hypnotize a group of Native people in BC.

For an indication that the Wawa wasn’t his strong point, I notice that “six cloochmen and six bucks” is translated as “twelve unfortunate Indians”!

The twelve must not have understood “Professor” Bushell’s hypnotic suggestions…

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At his farewell performance in Victoria, “six clooches and six bucks” (twelve unfortunate Indians) were brought up on stage to be hypnotized. Not one was affected by Professor Bushell’s electro-biology (which, we suggest, speaks for their native intelligence), but two members of the audience were drawn to the stage and turned into risible fools. 

— from “Frontier Theatre: A History of Nineteenth-Century Theatrical Entertainment in the Canadian Far West and Alaska” by Chad Evans (Victoria, BC: Sono Nis, 1983)

What do you think?