Monthly Archive: August, 2022

So many Métis words in interior PNW languages (part 7: Nsilxcən / Okanagan-Colville Salish)

As we’re finding to be frequent among the modern Indigenous languages of the Pacific Northwest interior, Nsilxcən Salish carries many, many indications of a substantial contact history with Métis people’s speech. Today I’m… Continue reading

1875: “Legend of Chemeketa”, an epic doggerel poem

Among the most famed “pioneers” was Captain Oliver Cromwell Applegate Sr. (1845-1938).

1864 + 1883: Chinuk Wawa cussin’ in a California newspaper or two

Truly rough “frontier” humor wasn’t rare in print at one time…

1910: A Spokane Wobbly bomb threat in Chinook?

Chinuk Wawa was sometimes suspected of being an enemy code during the US Civil War…

1910: ‘stop’ stops nonstop in BC Chinuk Wawa

Here is yet another neato frito confirmation that “stop” was a very common BC Chinook Jargon synonym for the various uses of míɬayt…

1886 [circa 1867], SE Alaska: The Yiddish Merchants’ Union?

A decade pre-Klondike gold rush, a Montana newspaper article about Alaska has little else to do than reminisce about how the Jews, supposedly, were taking over that Territory at the time of the… Continue reading

1893: Newly discovered — more Betseyannspikes

“She” spoke really good Chinuk Wawa, and “Deer Ed.” didn’t need to translate it for his readers.

1890: “Icta” in Notes and Queries

From the wonderful old language discussion forum, American Notes and Queries, comes this note on a Pacific Northwest English borrowing from Chinuk Wawa: Icta (Vol. v, pp. 66, etc.). — Icta, or icter, is a… Continue reading

Stories: 1897 “Foks pi Kayuti” + “Coyote and Fox”

It’s time to update the first linguistic study I ever published on Chinuk Wawa. (That’s a live link, if you want to go read some scholarly prose.)

1914: LBDB’s “Chinook-English Songs”, part 3 of 15 “Ole Kull Stick Tamolitsh”

IMHO: this one is right up there with the greatest productions of Google Translate, or of any nonsense verse writer.