1910: Welcomed Folk in Chinook
Are you familiar with the North American tradition of “Chautauqua”?
Chautauqua (/ʃəˈtɔːkwə/ shə-TAW-kwə) was an adult education and social movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, showmen, preachers, and specialists of the day. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.”
Chautauqua at Maxwelton, Whidbey Island, Puget Sound, Washington state (image credit: South Whidbey Historical Society)
We had Chautauqua in Washington, and its organizers had the good sense to include Chinuk Wawa in the mix of informing and uplifting presentations.
WELCOMED FOLK IN CHINOOK
Mrs. Annie Hall of Wenatchee Addressed Governor at Chautauqua.
Mrs. Annie Hall, of this city, is in Maxwelton, in attendance at the Chautauqua Assembly at that place. Governor Folk, of Missouri, was the speaker of honor Saturday, where he gave an able address on “Soldiers of Peace.”
Saturday afternoon, as he was being escorted up from the dock, he was given an address of welcome in Chinook, by Mrs. Annie Hall, of Wenatchee, under the welcome arch which had been erected in his honor.
He seemed somewhat mystified by the strange language, so Mrs. Hall translated as follows:
“My brother beloved. We are all your friends, here to welcome you. Our friendship and love for you is as high and expansive as the mountains and forests which you observe, and may your friendship be the same for us.”
The distinguished visitor said it was the finest welcome he had ever received.
— from the Wenatchee (WA) Daily World of July 26, 1910, page 3, column 2