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1909, “The Chrysalis”: earliest known “Seattle Illahee” song?

Harold Morton Kramer (1873-1930) published a novel, “The Chrysalis“, in 1909 (Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co.).

1864: Siwash Affair de Fisticuffs in Seattle Illahee, with discoveries!

Pretty early in the frontier settlement period for Washington state, “our native reporter” contributes an awesome article about a Seattle fistfight.

1923: Yet another version of the “Seattle Illahee” song

Not so many locals understood Chinuk Wawa in 1923, so there’s another reason why the newspaper editor left this one untranslated.

1915: And still another appearance of the “Seattle Illahee” folk song

Reader Darrin Brager sent over this clipping that brings us a newly discovered appearance of the “Seattle Illahee” song…

“Seattle Illahee” sheet music

The infamous bawdy Pacific Northwest folk song…

Another version of the “Seattle Illahee” song!

Thanks to indefatigable anthropologist Jay Powell, a famous Pacific Northwest folk song that uses Chinook Jargon shows up in another version…

Real info about the infamous Seattle Illahee / Illeah / Mad House / Sawdust Pile

From more than one source, I’d like to present you with some Chinook Jargon-related dirt on the notorious Seattle house of prostitution, the “Illahee“, famed in song and story.

Was “músum” a naughty word from the start?

Franz Boas 1892 observed, with charming vagueness, that the word mamuk (‘do, make’) “has acquired an obscene meaning,”*…

1877: Chinuk Wawa etc. on the Little Bighorn battlefield, from a Nez Perce

Hugh Lenox Scott (1853-1934) was seen as an authority on Plains Indian Sign Language…

1919: A Chinuk Wawa song nobody’s ever heard, but it sounds naughty to me

In a pretty cryptic note on the editor’s gossip page, we’re treated to the suggested lyrics for a Jargon ditty.