Monthly Archive: January, 2021

‘Going to the chief’s house’ in Kamloops slang

We keep on finding Chinuk Wawa speakers expressing a lot of humour, back in the day…

1904: Riot at Nootka, and echoes of Sir James Douglas!

Settler readers understood the Chinuk Wawa argument reported below without translation…

1916: Chinook as a wartime code language…again

I’ve previously shown that the Jargon was a useful code in more than one wartime setting, including for both blue- and greycoats in the US Civil War, and for Canuck troops in WW1…

Circa 1860: Remember Victoria’s queer Chinook town crier?

Victoria, BC was already old enough in 1924 that folks indulged in nostalgia about Chinuk Wawa…

1853-54, Puget Sound: Lt. William P. Trowbridge diary

William Petit Trowbridge (1828-1892), my fellow Columbia University Lion, did some coastal surveying work in the Pacific Northwest during the frontier era.

El Comancho’s Washington, DC newspaper column on Chinook Jargon (3 of 6)

To the list of fun research we can do once Covid-19 restrictions go away, add “find the full archives of the Washington Star“…

1893-1897: Sweet “BetseyAnnSpikes” :) (Part 4 of 7)

The muse of the Oregon coast is back…

1863 graphic design challenge: Motto of Vancouver Island Colony — “Halo Shame”!

A modest proposal…are any of my readers willing to draw the coat of arms described here?

Another etymology or 2 for qʰéẋchi?

As we so often find, a Chinookan-language “particle” is said to be the historical source of Chinuk Wawa’s qʰéẋchi ‘although, even though’.

Is DARE “cha-muck-a-muck” Californian?

Here’s a quick crowdsourcing challenge: