1910: Tyee Yum-te-bee memaloose

tyee yum-te-bee portrait

Hemene Kawan or Old Wolf (the Settler writer Lucullus V. McWhorter, I infer) used Chinuk Wawa in a good newspaper obituary that he wrote of a Yakama Nation chief.

I’ll just quote his Jargon introduction regarding Tyee [Chief] Yum-te(e)-bee or Bitten By A Grizzly.

tyee yum-te-bee

tyee yum-te-bee chinook

Tyee Yum-tee-bee memaloose. Loket sun alta yaka mitlite keequlle kopa illahee. Halo Yumteebee elip tyee kopa Yakima.

[táyí yəmtip’i* míməlus. lákit sán álta yaka míłayt kíkwəli kʰupa
ílihi. hílu yəmtip’i*, íləp-táyí kʰupa yákama.]

(Chief Yum-tee-bee is dead. Four days now he has stayed below in the ground. No more Yumteebee head chief of the Yakimas.)

— from the Yakima (WA) Herald of April 6, 1910, page 7, columns 3-5

And that’s good Jargon, in the post-frontier era, from a Settler who spoke quite a lot with Yakama people.

What do you think?