Monthly Archive: October, 2020

1893: Happy Chinook Halloween

I’ve once again managed to find a connection between Halloween and Chinuk Wawa 🙂

Losing ‘sleep’ up north

In British Columbia, the old word < moosum > (músum) ‘sleep’ fell into disfavor because of its longstanding naughty overtones…

Getting drunk with the Canucks etc.

pʰáɬlam (< patlum > in BC spelling) is a famous old Chinuk Wawa expression…

Cheechako entered English via the Klondike

Other Chinuk Wawa words entered English earlier, usually in Oregon and Washington, but “cheechako” can technically be called a Canadianism…

Patl kopa is bad, mamuk patl kopa is good

“Full of”, in Chinuk Wawa, is just plain “full”.

1905: “Silver chickimun” in Alaska

When I checked whether an 1897 German book’s “chicamin silver” was real Alaska Jargon, I got excited for a second by the article under a racist headline… Cannery, Haines, AK (image credit: Haines Sheldon… Continue reading

BC craziness

Come on down to Crazy Dave’s for all the best deals on Chinook lessons!

My CW vacation photos, part 3

There’s a nice collection of “8 authentic Native American dugout canoes” on display in front of the Island County Historical Museum, in Coupeville, Washington. I noticed some of them have Indigenous names painted… Continue reading

1872 fictional Montana CW from Grand Ronde (!) : “A Gold-Hunt on the Yellowstone”

I always incline to get excited when a possible find of Chinuk Wawa in Montana pops up…

Early creole kapshwála(-), later creole ípsət(-), and CW grammar change

A quite early metaphor in lower Columbia River creolized Chinuk Wawa seems to have been replaced by Grand Ronde creole speakers…