1900: IORM invite in Jargon

You won’t get much Chinook reading practice here, but…

It’s still a neat little document of a uniquely Pacific Northwest tradition.

Fraternal organizations among Settlers in the post-frontier era embraced Chinuk Wawa as a language of in-group identity, writing invitations for their social events in this language.


Skokomish Tribe, I.O.R.M, have invited their brethren and friends to a grand dance on Saturday evening, Sept. 22nd. The invitation is in delate [real] Chinook jargon.

— from the Shelton (WA) Mason County Journal of September 14, 1900, page 3, column 2

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