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The Cowlitz métis and Chinuk Wawa

One source for information on the métis descendants of Fort Vancouver is the “Summary under the Criteria and Evidence for Proposed Finding: Cowlitz Tribe of Indians” (Bureau of Indian Affairs document, February 12,… Continue reading

A tongue-tied etymology for ‘Cowlitz’

A number of claims have been advanced, doubtless based on the most authoritative information then available, about the literal meaning of the tribe-and-language name “Cowlitz”.

Why there’s a Chehalis and a Scowlitz in BC

Why is there a “Chehalis” in both Washington & BC, and a “Cowlitz” in WA plus a “Scowlitz” in BC?

sámn in Lower Cowlitz Salish

A very short further note on the huge impact of Chinuk Wawa on the Cowlitz tribe of southwest Washington state.

The enduring influence of early-creolized Chinuk Wawa: a Cowlitz Tribe 1915 meeting

Wonderful evidence of the lasting influence of early-creolized Chinuk Wawa in southwest Washington state…

Lower Cowlitz Salish & a previously overlooked old Chinuk Wawa word for ‘school’?

You ever have that feeling, “Yeah, I already wrote about that…Oh wait, I didn’t!” ???

‘Alder’ as ‘paddle-wood’

I’ve previously written about origins of Chinook Jargon’s ísik-stík (‘paddle-wood’) as the name of a tree species…

tə́qsin ‘follow; pursue’ from Lower Chehalis Salish

Chinuk Wawa tə́qsin ‘follow; pursue’ in the 2012 Grand Ronde Tribes dictionary: “Of obscure origin. Possibly from a local Salishan form with the transitive suffix -n.”

Borrowed numbers, and linguistic archaeology

Numerals do get borrowed from language to language. Famously (among Pacific NW linguists) the word for ‘4’ is essentially the same across the Salish, Chimakuan, and Wakashan language families.

Quinault Salish ‘buttons’ from Chinuk Wawa ‘gambling game’?

(s)lahál for ‘stick game’ is a Chinuk Wawa word…