More about Won Alexander Cumyow and a connection with Sir James Douglas
A little more info for you on a person who might soon appear on Canadian currency…
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Won Alexander Cumyow is mentioned quite a few times in BC newspapers during his lifetime, but I found relatively little there about his connection with Chinook Jargon.
Deeply researched book-length studies have been more helpful.
From the book “Yi Fao: Speaking through Memory: A History of New Westminster’s Chinese Community, 1858-1980” by Jim Wolf and Patricia Owen (Surrey, BC: Heritage House, 2008).
— pages 15-16
— page 27
From Darren Friesen’s 2006 USask history thesis, “Canada’s Other Newcomers: Aboriginal Interactions with People from the Pacific“:
— page 80
From the “Trans-Pacific Records Research Guide” of the British Columbia Archives, a lead to a sound recording of Won Alexander Cumyow’s son:
— page 12
What do you think?