Kamloops Wawa pictures, Part 3: Coldwater Scenery
From Coldwater, BC, the village where Chinuk pipa literacy first got popular among Native people… Kamloops Wawa #130 (July 1895), page 100, shows us a photo of where it all happened.
Here’s a little bit of information in Chinuk Wawa from the same page, about the photo and about that literacy:
Pi ukuk iht tanas piktyur mitlait iakwa sahali
‘And this particular small picture that’s above here’
iaka ukuk Kol Watir ilihi: Kol Watir styuil haws.
‘is (of) the Coldwater village: Coldwater church.’
Pus klaksta mitlait tlus piktyur kopa iht ilihi,
‘If anyone has good pictures from some certain place,’
kopa ankati tilikom, tlus iaka mash ukuk piktyur kopa
‘of the old-time people, they should send those pictures to’
nsaika pus nsaika mamuk cim iaka kopa Kamlups Wawa.
‘us for us to print them in Kamloops Wawa.’
Alta <1300> tilikom iskom Kamlups Wawa. Tlus
‘There are now 1,300 people taking the Kamloops Wawa. Let’
ayu wiht tilikom iskom ukuk pipa kopa kanawi kah
‘lots more people take this paper all around’
ilihi, pus ilip ayu tilikom iskom ukuk pipa, alki
‘the region, if more people take this paper, it will’
iaka chako ilip tlus. Alki iaka lolo ilip ayu piktyur, ilip
‘get even better. It will bring even more pictures, even’
The Kamloops Wawa newspaper frequently commented on the great popularity of printed pictures among the Native people of southern interior BC.