Monthly Archive: November, 2022

Pre-1860 anecdote for back-translation

A humorous, if somewhat inaccurate, story for you today.

Mamuk-chako-X as a clue to Le Jeune’s CW pedigree, with special reference to Demers’ 1863 Victoria catechism

A thousand thanks to chúp henli, Dr. Henry B. Zenk, for sharing his transcription and analysis of the 1863 document!

Howay [Haswell, Boit, Hoskins] “Voyages of the Columbia” (Part 1A of 5)

An excellent source for research on the earliest Native contacts with Newcomers on the Pacific Northwest coast is BC judge F.W. Howay’s “Voyages of the “Columbia” to the Northwest coast, 1787-1790 and 1790-1793”… Continue reading

Discoveries in Edward Huggins’s “Reminiscences of Puget Sound”

How would you like to read the firsthand memories of someone who served at the HBC’s / Puget Sound Agricultural Co.’s farms in the frontier era?

1882: The Duke of York speaks again

Local news coverage by Settlers was almost always racist…

Coming soon to Camas-Washougal? “Hyas Point”

A projected new waterfront development on the Washington side of the lower Columbia River has a Chinook Jargon moniker…

1894: Thanksgiving thoughts from Franz Boas

I think the following would be easy and delightful to translate into Chinuk Wawa; anybody care to try it, on their American Thanksgiving holiday?

1861 CPE: “Too muchee ghost”

That other widely used pidgin language of the West Coast shows up in plenty of early journalistic accounts of life out here. 

1891, Bellingham WA: “A Sign of Civilization”

See what you think…

Beresford 1789 [1786-1787] found no northern NWCoast pidgins

Thanks to John Enrico’s phenomenal “Haida Dictionary” (freely searchable here), I found this additional on-the-spot report from earliest times of Native-Newcomer contact on the Northwest Coast.