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1873: Last scenes in the Modoc War

Yes, Chinuk Wawa was spoken between Indigenous tribes, and not just for trading…

Modoc “Scarface Charley” was really Wagon-Scarface

Hey, lots of folks in the frontier West had colorful handles…

The Indian History of the Modoc War

Subtitled, thoughtfully, “And the Causes That Led to It”. 

1846: Frémont’s “Narrative” and implicit CW

Not all documents of Chinuk Wawa seem like documents of CW.

1893-1897: Sweet “BetseyAnnSpikes” :) (Part 1 of 7)

American newspapers in the late 1800s loved to publish letters from people living at the fringes of their circulation area, as a way of getting news for free.

Grand Ronde Chinuk Wawa in the “Kalapuya Texts” (part 2: More CW words)

Part 2: MORE CHINOOK JARGON WORDS: In part 1 of this mini-series, we saw the list put together by Melville Jacobs of the Chinuk Wawa words he noticed being used in K’alapuyan languages… Continue reading

Jeremiah Curtin & Chinuk Wawa

A really great read, that you’ve never heard of is the “Memoirs of Jeremiah Curtin“.

By 1863, new Grand Ronde schoolkids only spoke Chinuk Wawa

August 1, 1863: less than a decade into the reservation period, schoolkids at Grand Ronde could only be taught in Chinook Jargon.

Someone who noticed the signs

We learn some interesting perspectives on southwest Oregon’s history from the memoir “My Sixty Years on the Plains, Trapping, Trading, and Indian Fighting” by William Thomas Hamilton (1822-1908) (New York: Forest and Stream… Continue reading

Cayuses, scouts, friends: more from Meacham

Alfred B. Meacham (1826-1882) was chairman of the Modoc Peace Commission who tried to help stop the Modoc Indian War in southern Oregon and northern California.