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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.

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.

Correspond in Chinook: how to say ‘sandwiches and clam chowder’

Pioneer Thomas Prosch of Seattle adds to a string of Chinuk Wawa-rich appearances in this space… 

Sex! Or, why is the “M-word” taboo?

In Chinook Jargon dialects, the word “moosum” (“sleep”) is more or less tabooed. In some, which I associate with the Coast and which I tend to perceive as older, there’s a phrase “tenas moosum”.… Continue reading

Chinook Jargon songs, part 2

This is another version of the song I blogged about in part 1.  It’s on page 62 of the same book.  (See also part 1, part 3 and part 4.) From ‘the papers… Continue reading

Chinook Jargon songs, part 1

Have you heard a version of this song?  Let me know.  (See also part 2, part 3 and part 4.) As found in the second edition of a really authoritative collection with musical… Continue reading